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Dear all

Attached is a link to a very new book:
The Trouble with Twin Studies:  A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
By Jay Joseph
http://www.jayjoseph.net/the_trouble_with_twin_studies
Jay Joseph is a psychologist and this book is probably of primary interest to those concerned with mental health/development/cognitive disorders and environment, but the arguments apply more or less to all kinds twin studies, which were/still are the main theoretical basis of the claims of the human genome project and its allied projects. Probably no one is a better guide to these issues.

Some review comments

"The Trouble with Twin Studies significantly adds to Jay Joseph’s impressive record of scholarship critiquing the conceptual and methodological flaws of research claiming to document a genetically-determined basis of human behavior and development. This book provides an insightful and important analysis of the flaws of claims derived from twin research that, independent of coactions with the environment, genes alone or in large part determine human psychological and social attributes. This title is essential reading for basic and applied scholars interested in understanding the inadequacies of simplistic, genetic-reductionist accounts of human development." -- Richard M. Lerner, Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University

 "This book will be an invaluable resource to those who suspect that twin studies are too good to be true, and want to articulate the arguments that encourage wider views of the causes of human variation." -- Ken Richardson PhD, Former Lecturer, Open University

best wishes

Jonathan

Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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