Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe invite you to this free Royal Institution talk titled "The genetic lottery"
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Scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health—and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society.
In this talk, she will introduce the latest genetic science, dismantling dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenging us to grapple with what equality really means in a world where people are born different.
Harden believes our refusal to recognise the power of DNA perpetuates the myth of meritocracy, and she argues that we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck if we are ever to create a fair society. Reclaiming genetic science from the legacy of eugenics, she will offer a bold new vision of society where everyone thrives, regardless of how one fares in the genetic lottery.
Kathryn Paige Harden is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, where she directs the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project. She is a graduate of Furman University (2003) and the University of Virginia (2009). She currently teaches “Introduction to Psychology” in a synchronous massive online class. The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality (2021, Princeton) is her first book. She lives in Austin with her two small children and one large dog.