Science & Tech

“My genome, my self”

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In a New York Times Magazine cover story, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker considers the age of personal genomics

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.

To read the entire article, go to the New York Times Magazine