“Within modernity the life sciences have claimed and been given the authority to define ‘human nature’ (although within this universality biology has a long and deplorable history of inscribing hierarchically ordered difference on human bodies and brains). Ever since Darwin, science as culture has sought to explain our sense of identity. Again and again the molecular biologists leading the sequencing the human genome claimed that the completed genome would constitute human identity. As the historian of science Donna Haraway parodied it, ‘genes’R’us’.”
This is a passage from “Genes, Cells and Brains” by Hilary and Steven Rose.
Peter’s family roots go back to a farm called ‘LOST’ in remote Aberdeenshire. Peter is pictured here with his wife Sian.