Crick thanks Walker for his letter and expresses both wishfulness that his work "could be used to make people feel better
and better" but also doubt that "there is a simple effect of environment on character" as Walker suggests. Crick
anticipates insight in this area will come from study of the higher nervous system more than it will come from biochemical
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Walker, Arthur J.
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Public Reactions to the Genetic Code, 1961-1968
Letter from Arthur J. Walker to Francis Crick, Leslie Barnett, Sydney Brenner, and R. J. Watts-Tobin (February 1, 1962)
Letter from Arthur J. Walker to Marshall W. Nirenberg and J. Heinrich Matthaei (May 3, 1962)
Thank you for your letter. I wish that our work could be used to make people feel better and act better, but it will be many
years before we are likely to be able to do this. I very much doubt if there a simple effect of environment on character,
apart from the well-known effects of a hot climate. In any case I think that research on the higher nervous system is more
likely to lead to scientific insight into man's behaviour than our work will.