February 22, 2006

News & Opinion: Genetics -- The color of your hair

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Who you are today is a result of certain characteristics that have EMERGED from your life experiences, plus the GENETICS with which you were born. I call this interplay between nurture and nature EMERGENETICS. People often wonder: Which is more important: nature or nurture? This is like asking: Which is more important: water or air?
In my book, I mention some of startling results of the studies that were done on twins separated at birth, and also discuss more recent findings about the shy brain and other brain research. The more scientists learn about the human genome, the more they discover about the relationship between genetics and personality. New articles constantly remind us about the genetic basis of our innate strengths. For example, here is an article called Stoic Redheads that appeared in the New York Times in December that explains why redheads can stand 25 percent more pain than blonds or brunettes:

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.