Getting Under The Hood Of Human Hardwiring

Are personality, intelligence, gender, and the moral sense in the genes or are they the stuff of culture? A new book argues that “new sciences of human nature — combining cognitive science, neuroscience, genetics, and evolution—strongly suggest that our minds are partly ‘hardwired’ at birth. This hardwiring likely underlies many human universals—forms of behavior and mental structures shared by all peoples in all cultures, e.g., baby talk and incest avoidance. But it also seems likely that such hardwiring underlies some differences among people.”