2 min read
24 May

When you first set eyes on the love of your life, or you attain success and acclaim, when you are empowered to freely live your aspirations with passion and when you achieve your loftiest goals.

Do you sometimes wonder how much of this could be actual Destiny or fate? 

Well, for many centuries, people have been ascribing life’s great opportunities and special moments to the edict of the superpowers of Destiny. This belief is well engrained in sayings such as ‘What will be, will be.’

Yet of late, contrary to the classic narrative that fate is mythological, and a predefined plan of divine origins, the world is getting presented with scientific facts that, to some, are perhaps not always all too welcome. 

And that brings me to a brilliant book I’ve just read and like to recommend to you, a fascinating book that addresses how both environment and DNA can predestine our lives: The Science of Fate by Hannah Critchlow.

Dr. Critchlow is a well-respected neuroscientist with a background in neuropsychiatry. 

She is also a radio and TV host and a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, following her passion for explaining how the brain works, and she has been proclaimed one of the top 100 scientists in the UK.

The Science of Fate – Why your future is more predictable than you think, explores the deep programming of a person’s future due to their genes and their environment. 

This excellent book may not be to everybody’s taste and, in places, may even come over a little harsh in the factual department, considering Western culture’s often slightly delusional obsession with the myth of creating and controlling our fortunes.

And you thought that everything was possible if you only manifested it hard enough in your thoughts and dreams? 

Awaiting riches, fame and endless love? Well, apparently not, since, we may be less special than we think. 

Are we mere marionettes simply held and driven by the strings of our genetic inheritance, our brains and, our biotope?

Remember the concept of nature versus nurture

Nature in concert with nurture seems to be relevant, too.

Hannah Critchlow, in her book, describes very well how genes and environment compose unique fabrics in the brain that could be responsible for predictable outcomes of our lives in the future.

Through the findings of her research, and by understanding the roles that our environment and genes play in our physical journeys, we can begin to decode our options in some areas of our lives. And, we may learn how to thrive on the more positive elements and, hopefully, how to defeat or at least reduce the negative. 

The Science of Fate, to me, also delivers a precious nudge to inspire informed responsibility in us when, or, ideally before having children. To do our best in supporting their healthy emotions and mental resilience, insightful self-awareness, wholesome, cruelty-limiting lifestyles under the guidance of open, dogma-free mindsets - all of which, but not exclusively, are natural antidotes to many challenges. 

And no, even though I feel much less scientific and far more cosmic about the subject matter of fate and Destiny, I don’t think for a moment that Dr. Critchlow’ book reduces humans to the mere functionality of biomachines devoid of transcendence. 

Her impressive work instead serves as a realistic reminder that we have far less control than some of us may want to believe. 

It is almost a modern memento mori. 

Furthermore, The Science of Fate reminds us to be observant and mindful on how our genetic influencers lived, and how to best conduct our own lives to give our children, and our planet, a hopeful outlook.