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II to give a modern look at how our society thinks about these issuesI think the best parts of The Invisible History of the Human Race How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures are those sections that help to illuminate how each of us is part of a broader fabric that extends backwards and forwards in time In Do Not Ask What Gets Passed Down Kenneally writesWe live in a temporal envelope For most of us the horizon extends forward maybe two generations and back just two or three It is hard to break out of the mind set that we stand at a crucial center point of that span and that all the people who came before were merely precursors to us It isn t until ou populate the family tree that it becomes clear how brief a human life is how soon it is over and how The Legendary Unicorn you only play a bit part in a story line that expands out and contracts back and goes off in directions that no one can predict or controlKenneally also is careful to point out that despite the modern advances in recording information and examining our genetic code modern technologies and businesses are incredibly temporary From the Domesday genealogical information burned on to laser discs that can no longer be read to the genetic testing company sold andour information sold with it we need to be cautious in how we proceed with documenting and sharing our histories What science especially DNA can tell us about who we are and where we come from has grown exponentially in the last few decades DNA is only part of the story How our personal history or family history coded in DNA intersects not only with a bigger history migrations and such but technological innovations social movements and even attitudes makes Christine Kenneally s Invisible History of the Human Race How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures a fascinating read I would have liked focus on specific cultural histories however this storystudy was engaging 35 stars bumped to 4 stars Disclosure I received this book free as a First Read from GoodreadsThe words history Human Race and DNA in the title and subtitle mislead the potential reader The book is really about personal identity and the discovery of ancestry The author specifically mentions the scientific community holding investigations into one s heredity as less than important and the author argues that these things matter and have significance While they may have significance to the people who have discovered things about themselves that have impacted their sense of personal identity no evidence is given to refute the overall attitude of the scientific community Rather it is clear through the book that personal journeys and not scientific discovery are most important to the author Pages are dedicated to the latest scientific breakthroughs and the author does seem to believe in the importance of scientific advancement However in the end it always comes back to how it affected an individual who heard the news This makes for an entertaining and emotional piece of fluff As long as that s what ou re looking for it s a pretty good book The best parts involve the research into specific groups of people who are especially affected by their place in the world whether it be because of persecution governmental indifference or susceptibility to disease If the title had been Our Invisible Past How Our Ancestry and Our Knowledge of Our Ancestry Shape Our Personal Identities then it would have been a accurate title but then again I wouldn t have read a book with that title The title of this is very misleading I along with many other readers clearly expected something different about genes about DNA science I don t think that expectation is unreasonable especially given the subtitle of the book Although it claims to be how DNA and does something DNA isn t even mentioned until about half way through and even after that much of what is said is far about historical events and social attitudes than it is about science There is far here about genealogy ie family history finding our ancestors etc than about DNA it s really not a science bookSetting aside this mis selling it could still have been an entertain Great writer good reporter But goodness how difficult to follow To do it over I might start with the Epilogue then move to the last chapter That s the only way I can figure to understand what. Tten in our DNA From fateful ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it The Invisible History of the Human Race is a deeply researched carefully crafted and provocative perspective on how our stories psychology and genetics affect our past and our futu.
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F distant historical events through time have now been studied Horizontal transmission things learned from peers in a society and vertical transmission what gets passed down in a society both have a massive impact The impact of vertical transmission of cultural and societal behaviors is uite large and surprisingAll in all this is an easy read and a thoughtful personal than expected book about how we become who we are I would correct the title to reflect that this book is on the history and sociology of geneology and ancestry I thought this book would be about the science of DNA and maybe even epigenetics which I find fascinating Apparently there are ancestral non DNA markers passed down which affect behavior ideas feelings and psychology But there were only a couple of paragraphs on epigenetics just enough to say it s not et understood This book embodied a philosophical approach rather than hard science It s really not about DNA itself it s about implied ancestryFor science the author said that the Y chromosome does not shuffle when the sperm recombines with the ova as the other 22 chromosomes do If a son does not sire another son that Y chromosome dies out there Otherwise it is passed on unchanged and can be traced back in time to the beginning Since females lack a Y chromosome their DNA can give no paternal information The Y chromosome apparently binds the X chromosome travelling with it so intermingling of that X chromosome is skipped for that generation This was the main scientific information I gleanedAncestry is a fascinating and addicting hobby so this book was interesting from the point of view from humanities surveying philosophy history politics psychology sociology The history of the Mormon data bank was impelling There was current information about the companies that are selling DNA analyses and their history and what they do and do not do It seems that many people put online their family trees according to family history and surnames and information is gained from that than from any DNA analysisThe Worst Idea in History was an interesting chapter It discusses how breeding sheep and Darwin s theories led to the idea of human racial purity and eugenics which Hitler adopted and made government policy The United States governments also adopted a eugenics policy and from 1907 and into the 1970 s people who were considered tainted or abnormal were forcibly sterilized so that their DNA would not be perpetuatedThere were chapters on how the Romans affected Britain how the genes of Genghis Khan affected millions African slavery Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings his first wife s half sister who was 75% white the Melangeons Neanderthals Denisovans and Australian ancestry This author is Australian and there was interesting information about convicts and aboriginesTo paraphrase an interesting uote from a man with an I of 84 Humans are nothing but carriers for genes They ride us like racehorses from generation to generation Genes don t think about good and evil They don t care if we re happy or sad We are just a means to an end for them the only thing they think about is what makes the ride for them I received this book for free through Goodreads First ReadsThe Invisible History of the Human Race How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures seeks to show how the concept of ancestry can bring genetics and history together fruitfully Author Christine Kenneally is very successful in this objective weaving together stories of genealogy historical records and genetic science She divides the book into three sectionsI Ideas About What Is Passed Down Are Passed Down a somewhat awkward way of describing the four chapters that deal with the negative perceptions of genealogy hidden family histories and the terrible ideas behind eugenics and the Third Reich s racial doctrines Kenneally explores the way that our genealogical history has been tied to social status and a sense of belonging in exclusive groupsII What is Passed Down a mix of information on genealogy and DNA Kenneally also uses this section to talk about what is not passed down those parts of our past that we remain silent aboutIII How What Is Passed Down Shapes Bodies and Minds two short chapters on how our family history or the information in our genes affect us today These continue the conversations in section. Nd where we may be going While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy This book shows how trust is inherited in Africa silence is passed down in Tasmania and how the history of nations is wri.
DNA and the riveting meta history of being humanThis fascinating reader friendly book covers a diverse but related set of topics including ancient human origins the history of our fascination with genealogy and ancestors the inexplicable longevity of ideas that arise in a culture almost incidentally the latest sometimes surprising finding about the workings of the human genome and the benefits risks and limits of DNA testing for disease likelihood cultural identity and prehistoric ancestryThe Invisible History of the Human Race is the kind of book that compels me to interrupt otherwise occupied people in the hope that they ll share my deep interest in the thought provoking passage I ve just read and want to discuss it Here is some of what intrigued me the mostThe gene whose mutation causes Huntington s disease is ancient enough to be found in slime mold It s crucial to slime mold when it s disabled the slime mold wil an absolute mess of a book which put me in a bad mood every time I picked it up lacking in structure or focus ambles through its alleged topic without a point of view most deceptive is the title which falsely promises a cohesive summary of Dna science if I m not mistaken Dna isn t even mentioned until the midway point of the book and this is most certainly not a history of the human race invisible or visible good riddance Normally this would be the kind of book I would walk right past in a bookshop Science race identity Shudder But two things happened Black Inc send out a monthly email and this book was on special as an ebook this book was shortlisted for I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and it was an interesting read on the impact of inheritance Kenneally introduces a later chapter in the book with a fantastic Confucian uote that I think aptly describes the main thrust of the book By nature men are nearly alike by practice they get to be wide apart Despite the subtitle I assumed the main argument of this book would be to highlight the migration of variances in human DNA around the world I was wrong while this is discussed the main topic of the book is the combination of genetic and cultural inheritance and what it means for individuals and societies It is an interesting and at times surprising bookIt is not surprising that the Kenneally must discuss eugenics at some point In her first section she describes different attitudes about inheritance Kenneally s discussion of the eugenics movement and Madison Grant in particular is very revealing A major conservationist and friend and ally of Theodore Roosevelt Grant is lauded for his environmentalist tendencies The paternalism and racism with which he approached eugenics was born in his mind out of the same progressive motivations It is chilling and interesting to me that so divergent outcomes with today s moralistic hindsight could be birthed by the same primary motivation In today s world where conservation is considered a necessity and a virtue and racism is regarded as deplorable Grant is a hard person to understand But for him preserving his beloved redwoods and bison putting human beings on display and saving the Nordic race were all part of the same package Grant believed that all these actions were a benevolent form of stewardship 58Nazi genealogy and eugenics picked up on Grant s work Hitler s physician Major General Karl Brandt referenced Madison Grant s The Passing of the Great Race in defense of Nazi activities Mistaken regard for what are believed to be divine laws and a sentimental belief in the sanctity of human life tend to prevent both the elimination of defective infants and the sterilization of such adults as are themselves of no value to the community The laws of nature reuire the obliteration of the unfit and human life is valuable only when it is of use to the community or race 76 I find this very disturbing indeedThe second part of the book discusses primarily what is NOT passed down Discussing the importance of memory and inheritance Totalitarian power thrives when it alienates people from basic information about themselves 92 It is a dehumanizing process and repeated in moments of slavery communist regimes and other totalitarian statesLastly Kenneally finishes with a discussion of how transmitted information affects individuals and societies Economic impacts What the latest research reveals about how the history of the human race shapes us as individuals We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us In The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Kenneally draws on cutting edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from
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Christine Kenneally is Australian and received her PhD in linguistics at Cambridge She has written about language science and culture for publications such as the New Yorker the New York Times Scientific American Discover and Slate