Pinker,%202009 - My Genome, My Self - Steven Pinker Gets to...

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Magazine WORLD U.S. N.Y. / REGION BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE HEALTH SPORTS OPINION ARTS STYLE TRAVEL JOBS REAL ESTATE AUTOS HOME PAGE TODAY'S PAPER VIDEO MOST POPULAR TIMES TOPICS BLOGGED SEARCHED Get Home Delivery Log In Register Now E-MAILED THE TIMES MAGAZINE T MAGAZINE KEY PLAY Advertise on NYTimes.com My Genome, My Self By STEVEN PINKER Published: January 7, 2009 ONE OF THE PERKS of being a psychologist is access to tools that allow you to carry out the injunction to know thyself. I have been tested for vocational interest (closest match: psychologist), intelligence (above average), personality (open, conscientious, agreeable, average in extraversion, not too neurotic) and political orientation (neither leftist nor rightist, more libertarian than authoritarian). I have M.R.I. pictures of my brain (no obvious holes or bulges) and soon will undergo the ultimate test of marital love: my brain will be scanned while my wife’s name is subliminally flashed before my eyes. Last fall I submitted to the latest high-tech way to bare your soul. I had my genome sequenced and am allowing it to be posted on the Internet, along with my medical history. The opportunity arose when the biologist George Church sought 10 volunteers to kick off his audacious Personal Genome Project. The P.G.P. has created a public database that will contain the genomes and traits of 100,000 people. Tapping the magic of crowd sourcing that gave us Wikipedia and Google rankings, the project seeks to engage geneticists in a worldwide effort to sift through the genetic and environmental predictors of medical, physical and behavioral traits. Jeff Riedel for The New York Times COMMENTS (33) SIGN IN TO E-MAIL OR SAVE THIS PRINT SHARE Multimedia Related The Moral Instinct (January 13, 2008) More Articles in Magazine » Travel Deals E-mail newsletter Sign up for travel deals and discounts on airfare, hotels, transportation and more! See Sample | Privacy Policy Advertise on NYTimes.com MOST POPULAR 1. 18 and Under: Making Room for Miss Manners Is a Parenting Basic 2. Well: The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating 3. Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade 4. At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard 5. Findings: Anti-Love Drug May Be Ticket to Bliss 6. David Brooks: In Defense of Death 7. Who Would Jesus Smack Down? 8. A Tactic to Cut I.C.U. Trauma: Get Patients Up 9. The Minimalist: Fresh Start for a New Year? Let’s Begin in the Kitchen 10. Gulf Oil States Seeking a Lead in Clean Energy Go to Complete List » nytimes.com/opinion Log In or Register No, thanks Welcome to TimesPeople What’s this? TimesPeople Lets You Share and Discover the Best of NYTimes.com 4:34 PM Page 1 of 14 My Genome, My Self - Steven Pinker Gets to the Bottom of his own Genetic Code - NYT. .. 1/13/2009
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