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The Gods are Anxious: The Delightful Rise of Genetic Polytheism

Author: Date: January 01, 1998

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Reprint of New Yorker magazine article critiquing genetic determinism. “The ascription of personality traits to genetic make-up is one instance of a much larger trend, the reemergence of polytheism.… There is not, if you think about it, that much difference between saying “The gods are angry” and saying ‘He has the gene for anger.” Both are ways of attributing a matter of personal agency to some fateful and mysterious impersonal power.”

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