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A Review of the Book "A Separate Creation" by Chandler Burr

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Chandler Burr (born December 30, 1963) is an American journalist and author . Burr was born in Chicago and raised in Washington, D.C.   {He} began his journalism career in 1987 as a stringer in The Christian Science Monitor 's Southeast Asia bureau, and later became a Contributing Editor to U.S. News and World Report . Burr has also written for The Atlantic on epidemiology and public health. Burr earned a masters degree in international economics and Japan studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. He lives in New York City .

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In 1993, Burr wrote a cover story, "Homosexuality and Biology", for The Atlantic {Magazine}. It became the basis for his first book A Separate Creation: The Search for the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation (1996), which investigated sexual orientation research. Burr compared the clinical profiles of sexual orientation and handedness , writing that the best analogy for homosexuality is left-handedness . A Separate Creation was published by Hyperion , a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company , and its argument that sexual orientation is inborn prompted a call by Southern Baptists to boycott Disney films and theme parks.


My review, a somewhat different version of which was published at in 2003, follows the next asterisk.


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I enjoyed this book enormously and learned a great deal about homosexuality and about genetics. I especially appreciated Chandler Burr's letting the researchers speak for themselves, and I got used to his (and their) not crossing all the t's and dotting the i's when discussing fairly complicated subjects.   Some of what the researches say is wide-ranging and quixotic, but all of it is thought-provoking.   For example, there's a statement on page 275 by David Botstein ("of Stanford"), having to do with genetic research, violence, IQ, and blacks (and nothing to do with homosexuality.) Chandler Burr writes: "consider the search for the gene for violence."


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