Gene geniesBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1679a (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1679
- Ian Robertson
The American social psychologist Kurt Lewin found that the best way to change attitudes was to get people to argue out opinions contrary to the ones they actually held. I had forgotten this dusty old finding until recently, when I agreed to propose an anti-genetics research motion in a debate in Cambridge. Knowing nothing about modern genetics did not seemto disqualify me—in fact there was no one else daft enough to propose such a silly motion. After all, does not genetic research hold the key to the successful treatment of mortal illnesses? Is not the mapping of the human genome one of the century's great scientific challenges, on a par with splitting the …
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