Why assume genetic information is so omnipotent?

May 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Ancestry, Social & Ethics

via John Hawks, Misha asks:

 Some of my postmodernist friends tend to look down their noses at genetic ancestry testing.  I would argue that they are genetic determinists. Why assume that genetic information is so omnipotent as to irrevocably unravel one’s identity? Why must one narrative trump another? “Because it’s TECHNOLOGY! It’s GENETICS! It is ALL POWERFUL!” Please. It’s just another way of looking at one’s ancestry. And learning about genetics: I would argue that Henry Louis Gates has done as much to stir public interest in genetics as anyone or anything since the Human Genome Project. For realz.

Why assume genetic information is so omnipotent as to irrevocably unravel one’s identity?  I’d also ask the same question of a lot of decidedly non-postmodernists do indeed believe it does… as I explain today.

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