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The True Genes of Yuval Noah Harari

This was posted by Yuval Noah Harari today. I thought it might be interesting for some people, these reflections on “genes” and inheritances from one of the world’s leading public intellectuals:

Visiting the grave of Avigdor Perets Kosowski, my grandmother’s grandfather, in the old Jewish cemetery of Czestochowa, Poland. I got 1/16 of my genes from him. 

How much does genetic inheritance matter? Who I am probably owes more to the ideas I got from Sigmund Freud, Jane Goodall and Buddha than to the genes I got from great-great-grandpa Kosowski.

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