No Two Alike

No Two Alike

Human Nature and Human Individuality

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on principles in evolutionary psychology to explore a controversial theory about the source of human personality, challenging current scientific beliefs while examining what can be learned through studies of language, autism, and chimpanzees.

Norton Pub
The author of the controversial book The Nurture Assumption tackles the biggest mystery in all of psychology: What makes people differ so much in personality and behavior? It can't just be "nature and nurture," because even identical twins who grow up together—same genes, same parents—have different personalities. And if psychologists can't explain why identical twins are different, they also can't explain why each of us differs from everyone else. Why no two people are alike. Harris turns out to be well suited for the role of detective—it isn't easy to pull the wool over her eyes. She rounds up the usual suspects and shows why none of the currently popular explanations for human differences—birth order effects, for example, or interactions between genes and environment—can be the perpetrator she is looking for. None of these theories can solve the mystery of human individuality. The search for clues carries Harris into some fascinating byways of science. The evidence she examines ranges from classic experiments in social psychology to cutting-edge research in neuroscience. She looks at studies of twins, research on autistic children, observations of chimpanzees, birds, and even ants. Her solution is a startlingly original one: the first completely new theory of personality since Freud's. Based on a principle of evolutionary psychology—the idea that the human mind is a toolbox of special-purpose devices—Harris's theory explains how attributes we all have in common can make us different. This is the story of a scientific quest, but it is also the personal story of a courageous and innovative woman who refused to be satisfied with "what everyone knows is true."
A groundbreaking theory of personality.

Book News
New Jersey-based independent investigator Harris asks why no two people are alike, even identical twins, drawing on evolutionary, social, and developmental psychology; psycholinguistics; neuroscience; and behavioral genetics. The human mind, she explains, is not simply a complex organ, it is a collection of complex organs, each serving a separate purpose and each operating according to its own rules. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

The author of The Nurture Assumption draws on principles in evolutionary psychology to explore a controversial theory about the source of human personality, challenging current scientific beliefs while examining what can be learned through studies of language, autism, chimpanzees, and more. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393059489
0393059480
Characteristics: xi, 322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Aug 05, 2015

Rather overwritten, and with too much of that space spent talking about herself. Too few graphs and charts. The authoress does make her case convincing (and that is all that really matters.)

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