My Cells Made Me Do It

The Story of Cellular Determinism

Non-Fiction - General
264 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2016
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Author Biography

Robin Hayes is a Professor of microbiology at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He has more than 25 years as a researcher, analyst and educator. Robin has conducted bacterial research at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, prepared educational material for The Monterey Bay Aquarium and served as the senior analyst for the largest water reclamation project for food crops in the nation.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

My Cells Made Me Do It: The Story of Cellular Determinism by Robin R. Hayes is a book on how the cells in our brain control our actions and how our external environment can affect our actions. Have you ever wondered why you did something that you knew you should not do? Have you ever felt like you did something involuntarily? This book is about why we do things, why we make decisions, and how they become involuntary.

The book is basically about how our cells control our bodies. Every decision we make, every action we take, is basically a response from our cells. “Free will” is not really free. We are puppets to our bodies and our bodies are puppets to our brain cells. Robin R. Hayes is using cellular determinism to test and explain behavior. Although the book may seem dry, it really is not; the reader will be engrossed in the book from the get go. That is mainly because Hayes has used very simple words and terminologies to explain things to the reader. Even if you are not a medical or psychology major student, you too can understand the concept clearly.

I really find it interesting that our cells can make us respond to things in different ways and how our environment is the basic culprit for the things we do. This is definitely a great read, a book that I would like to read again. I really liked the ideas and how they were presented. It was certainly not an information overload. It is a great book for people who are curious about the human mind and body.