Making Sense of Heritability

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 13, 2005 - Science
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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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Contents

The naturenurture debate a premature burial?
11
12 No fair hearing for Francis Galton
16
13 Heritability 101
18
14 Can monomorphic traits be heritable
28
caveat lector
33
A tangle of interactions separating genetic and environmental influences
48
22 The rectangle analogy
51
23 Lewontin against ANOVA
56
44 Unfair to facts
142
45 The hereditarian strikes back
148
Genes and malleability
153
52 PKU
157
53 Local
162
54 Comparing apples and oranges
169
56 Limits to egalitarianism
178
Science and sensitivity
183

24 Nonadditivity
60
25 Locality
75
26 Causal irrelevance
81
27 The second look at interactions
86
Lost in correlations? Direct and indirect genetic causes
89
a Pickwickian notion?
90
tracing the paths of causality
105
33 The sociologists fallacy
121
From individuals to groups genetics and race
127
41 The master argument
128
42 VE theories
138
43 Xfactor theories
140
61 Mistaken because politically motivated
184
62 Politically motivated because mistaken
186
63 Consequential fallacy
193
64 Double standards
201
65 From is to ought nonfallaciously
208
66 Looking into the abyss
212
67 From groups to individuals
217
68 Fair therefore biased?
224
Conclusion
229
References
235
Index
259
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