- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Transworld Publishers Ltd (28. Februar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0552161934
- ISBN-13: 978-0552161930
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 139.579 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Februar 2010
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Bryan Sykes follows up The Seven Daughters of Eve with the equally challenging and well-written Adam's Curse. This time, instead of following humanity's heritage back to the first women, Sykes looks forward to a possible future without men. The seeds of the book's topics were sown when Sykes met a pre-eminent pharmaceutical company chairman who shared his surname. Using the Y chromosome, which is passed nearly unchanged from father to son, the author found that he shared a distant ancestor with the other Sykes. Along the way, he discovered that the Y chromosome was worth examining more closely. The first third of Adam's Curse is devoted to a clear and comprehensive lesson about genetics, the second narrates several fascinating stories of tracing ancestry via the Y chromosome, and the last chapters explore the history of male humanity and its future. Some readers will eagerly skim until they reach Chapter 21, where Sykes gets to the heart of the matter--why and how the Y chromosome has created a world where men overwhelmingly own the wealth and power, commit the crimes, and fight the wars. He uses the structural puniness of the Y chromosome to demonstrate that men are as unnecessary biologically as they are dominant socially. Sykes' provocative and quite personal book is likely to be unpopular among science readers who prefer their biology divorced from sociology, but his points taken in context will be difficult to refute. --Therese Littleton -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"'Bryan Sykes is a specialist in deciphering the histories written in our genes'" Sunday TelegraphAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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It got my attention because of the title which sounded clearly like a pending threat facing males including me. Most of the book addresses the title subject in detail in many ways in and out of the laboratory. Initially, in the lab at Oxford, he finds characteristics of his male chromosome which cause him to ask questions about details of the family name – Sykes – in relationship to what he sees in the lab regarding his genetic profile. Who were his forebears in terms of his genetic and geneaological history? Thus Chapter 1.
From that point he travels to towns in Great Britain seeking to verify his family history as it appeared in his own genetic profile and another Sykes he had met also a scientist. In this part of the book he visits with other Sykes, looks through secondary school records, etc. These chapters constitute a practicum on tracing ones own genealogy. In these explorations he encounters others curious about the history of their families as revealed in laboratory genetic studies. As a result he expands his horizons to look at patterns for other families such as the MacDonald’s of Scotland. Such beginnings lead him to continue a journey researching Scottish clans and their being influenced by Viking raids. This part of the book provides the reader with even more ideas of paths to follow in creating family histories but also how the historical elements are related to genetic histories. That, of course, means he not only looked at hard records but collects swabs from mouths of various individuals to articulate relationships between historical, genetic, genealogical, and physiological features. These chapters are very informative about ingredients of family histories.
Following this he tries to answer questions about who were first settlers of Iceland. From these diversions he returns to more questions of how
chromosomal differences between males and females influence human generations they produce and how this history reflects the chromosomal patterns of diseases and personal characteristics. Along the way he begins to ask about a longer term future of the human race because of genetic permutations and changes generation to generation. It is in these chapters he raises additional questions into which he ventures in increasing detail all leading to more questions raised related to the book’s title. The first reflections are not very promising for the human male.
By the time one reaches chapter 16 we begin to see the immense impact of the male chromosome on history of the world. That, in turn, provides insights into such things as Mongol raids under Genghis Khan throughout the far east and into eastern Europe. Marks of the male Khan ‘Y’ chromosome are genetically everywhere evident in affected populations. Thus, the reader will have seen this type of influence beginning with his family, moving on to much larger families such as the MacDonalds, and broadly covering the ubiquitous influence of Viking and Mongol raids. The genetic mixing and the resultant record is useful in tracing history of these times down to individual families though he ventures in less detail than provided for the Sykes and Mac Donalds.
The really interesting parts of the book, for me, are found in the last four chapters. In these he verges on writing science fiction as he speculates, without wandering far afield of hard science, about the long term fate of males in human society. Essentially he concludes male genes may be a chromosomal dead end for their future history. The final chapter title hints at where he will go next – “Lifting the Curse”. The speculations in this chapter are mind expanding but not conclusive. There is a smidgen more offered for thought on the last page – The Afterword.
This book is a logical complement to his others including “Seven Daughters of Eve” and “Saxons, Vikings & Celts”.
What he puts forth - that we should look at this from the view point of the X and Y genes and that they have conlicting agendas (and murderous intent against each other)- at first sounded ridiculous but his theories on the attempts and abilities of certain mitochondrial genes to abort or effeminate male conceptions began to sound really interesting. When he applies the outlook to male behavior in general it seems crystal. I have seen a lot of reviewers really slam this book for its views. While I do not have the education to respond to the probability of whether he is correct or not, I am interested in what becomes of his theories.