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'Obscene Genes: The Ride of a Lifetime' is Steve O'Grady's third book of entertaining scientific theories. As a graduate in bio-science, the study of which he undertook as a mature student after a variety of jobs, the author uses his life experiences and great sense of humour to try to explain what it is that makes us tick.
His conclusion is that our genes are the things that drive everything we do throughout our lives. They alone are responsible for our behaviour, whether that be deemed good (such as caring for babies, appreciating grandmas and being loyal friends), bad (from being greedy, inventing and using guns, to getting disgustingly drunk) or downright ugly (indulging in extreme pornography, racism and violent revenge). We should, therefore, not be surprised or shocked by nor too critical of any of these behaviours, as they are being forced upon us by our genes' relentless need to replicate themselves. Even the apparent disregard by many younger people of the current Covid-19 restrictions can be put down to this over-riding force compelling us to give in to basic instincts and share our genes.
By the author's own admission, however, this was not the book he had set out to write, so, after discarding most of his original work, he amalgamated the remainder with the section just described. The following few pages then proceed to explain the very complex workings of the human gene replication system by way of an even more complex analogy of train carriages, passengers, platforms and timetables! The reader will soon get the gist though. The final section is a veritable romp through some very funny and/or poignant personal experiences from the author's childhood family life, his single-sex Catholic school career and from his work as a prison officer.
It may seem that the author is condoning all manner of behaviours, as, according to him, we could rightly claim that 'it wasn't my fault, my genes made me do it'. But no. The reader is left in no doubt that Mr O'Grady believes in free will and urges us, at all costs, to use it as often as possible and thwart our genes, which would have us do things that, in the cold light of day, we know to be wrong. The world of education has long pondered the question of 'nature versus nurture', in which our genes' need to be copied is pitted against the society, shaped by laws, culture and religious beliefs, that we all have to live in.
This extraordinary book provides much food for thought and should help the reader to a better understanding of him/herself and the world around. A very rewarding read.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador
"It's like Adrian Mole meets the dark side, only it's all real."
Discover who and what you are, and why you do the things you do.
Drawing on his career as both a prison officer and a scientist, the author narrates an incredible journey. A journey unlike any other.
You don't need to be a scientist to enjoy this book, you just need to be human. Hilarious, harrowing and inspiring, we begin to understand how our genes are the puppet masters of our lives and how they are ruthless in their quest to copy – constantly.
We learn how to fight back against our creators, while examining every aspect of what it means to be human. He redefines our purpose and our path.
Take a ride with the author and buckle up for an extraordinary voyage.
Look back on your life and decide where your next step begins.
Publication date: 17/08/2020
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
|Publication date:||17th August 2020|
|Genres:||Humour, Indie Author Books, Popular Science,|
|Categories:||Biology, life sciences, Genetics (non-medical), Humour, Family & relationships,|