Making Sense of Heritability
In this book, Neven Sesardic defends the view that it is both possible and useful to measure the separate contributions of heredity and environment to the explanation of human psychological differences. He critically examines the view - very widely accepted by scientists, social scientists and philosophers of science - that heritability estimates have no causal implications and are devoid of any interest. In a series of clearly written chapters he introduces the reader to the problems and subjects the arguments to close philosophical scrutiny. His conclusion is that anti-heritability arguments are based on conceptual confusions and misunderstandings of behavioural genetics. His book is a fresh and compelling intervention in a very contentious debate.
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44 Unfair to facts
45 The hereditarian strikes back
Genes and malleability
54 Comparing apples and oranges
56 Limits to egalitarianism
Science and sensitivity
26 Causal irrelevance
27 The second look at interactions
Lost in correlations? Direct and indirect genetic causes
a Pickwickian notion?
tracing the paths of causality
33 The sociologists fallacy
From individuals to groups genetics and race
41 The master argument
42 VE theories
43 Xfactor theories
61 Mistaken because politically motivated
62 Politically motivated because mistaken
63 Consequential fallacy
64 Double standards
65 From is to ought nonfallaciously
66 Looking into the abyss
67 From groups to individuals
68 Fair therefore biased?
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Page 9 - Newton, with some others of that strain, it is ambition enough to be employed as an underlabourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish that lies in the way to knowledge...
Page 11 - It is difficult to understand why statisticians commonly limit their inquiries to Averages, and do not revel in more comprehensive views. Their souls seem as dull to the charm of variety as that of the native of one of our flat English counties, whose retrospect of Switzerland was that, if its mountains could be thrown into its lakes, two nuisances would be got rid of at once.