Gene Robinson is the Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology.
I recently finished The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. It’s a provocative mix of biology, social psychology, politics and religion that helps me better see some of the contours of what a new synthesis of the life and social sciences to explain human behavior might look like. I’m currently enjoying Edith Pearlman’s Honeydew, a wonderful collection of short stories by a master of the form. I am so impressed by her ability to render vivid characters and provoke strong emotional responses with so few words. My own genre is the scientific paper, so I very much admire her brevity—but I can only hope to communicate a new discovery with the force that she communicates a new insight.