Recent book:

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society 

This book explores the answers to fundamental questions about the human mind and human behaviour with the help of two ancient texts. The first is Oedipus Rex (Oedipus Tyrannus) by Sophocles, written in the 5th century BCE. The second is human DNA, with its origins around 4 billion years ago, and continuously revised by chance and evolution. With Sophocles as a guide, the authors take a journey into the Genomic era, an age marked by ever-expanding insights into the human genome. Over the course of this journey, the book explores themes of free will, fate, and chance; prediction, misinterpretation, and the burden that comes with knowledge of the future; self-fulfilling and self-defeating prophecies; the forces that contribute to similarities and differences among people; roots and lineage; and the judgement of oneself and others. Using Oedipus Rex as its lens, this novel work provides an engaging overview of behavioural genetics that demonstrates its relevance across the humanities and the social and life sciences. It will appeal in particular to students and scholars of genetics, education, psychology, sociology, and law.

 

Available on Amazon, Palgrave, Blackwell’s and more.

Talks on the book

Karolinska Institutet.

 

What is Life? Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era

By Professor Yulia Kovas, January 2022

Part of ‘What is Life’ series 

 

Video of the talk

Science Festival, Göteborg

 

Living in the Genomics Era: a Journey into the Unknown

By Professor Yulia Kovas, May 2022

 

Part of the Science Festival. Read more…

Max Planck Institute

 

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era

By Professor Yulia Kovas, May 2022

 

Video available soon after talk. Read more…
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