In Genes We Trust: How Essences Distort How We Think about Genes

People are essentialist thinkers – they are attracted to the idea that hidden essences make things as they are. When most people encounter genetic concepts they think of these as essences, and they then think about related phenomena as immutable, determined, homogenous and discrete, and natural. There will be discussions on how our essentialist biases lead people to think differently about sex, race, crime, and disease whenever these are described in genetic terms. Hosted by Mark Beauchamp.

All are welcome. This event is brought to you by the UBC School of Kinesiology.