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Good article, as is common for Quillette. I was worried at first that when the "49% genetic" number came up and she immediately stated the other portion was environmental that it was going to be one more episode of having to explain that that's not quite the story, but Ms. Segal does a good job of explaining the interactive complexity of what that "environmental" part means. It is environment working on genetic material (as the genetic also works on environmental) that matters, and much of this is accidental, not the planned environmental interventions that educators and parents think are key. Those have mostly small effects unless they are extreme circumstances, while the infection, trauma, visit to an archaeological dig, or coin flip of what college one attends might flip a switch in one person because it happened at a particular moment, even though such events usually pass without affecting us much.
The ugliness of this specific research is uncomfortable to read about.
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