Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
—JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
In the last chapter, we saw how reductionism collapses in both theory and practice in the face of the awe-inspiring complexity of our enzymatic systems. We also saw how reductionist interventions usually aren’t necessary, providing we consume the right foods, as our biochemistry naturally moves us toward healthy homeostasis. But instead of turning their attention to nutrition and acknowledging ...