Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect

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Island Press, 2000 M08 1 - 576 páginas
The Bell Curve, The Moral Animal, The Selfish Gene -- these and a host of other books and articles have made a seemingly overwhelming case that our genes determine our behavior. Now, in a new book that is sure to stir controversy, one of the world's leading evolutionary biologists shows why most of those claims of genetic destiny cannot be true, and explains how the arguments often stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of evolution itself.

"You can't change human nature," the saying goes. But you can, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich shows us in Human Natures, and in fact, evolution is the story of those changing natures. He makes a compelling case that "human nature" is not a single, unitary entity, but is as diverse as humanity itself, and that changes in culture and other environmental variations play as much of a role in human evolution as genetic changes. We simply don't have enough genes to specify behavior at the level that is often asserted.

Never has knowledge of our evolutionary past been more important to our future. Developing intelligent strategies for antibiotic use, pest control, biodiversity protection -- and even for establishing more equitable social arrangements -- all depend on understanding evolution and how it works. Using personal anecdote, vivid example, and stimulating narrative, Ehrlich guides us through the thicket of controversies over what science can and cannot say about the influence of our evolutionary past on everything from race to religion, from sexual orientation to economic development.

A major work of synthesis and scholarship, Human Natures gives us the fruit of a lifetime's thought and research on evolution and environment by a modern master of scientific understanding. Ehrlich's innovative vision lights the way to a fresh view of human nature and evolution, bringing insight and clarity to urgent questions of where we are as a species, and where we may be headed.
 

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Ehrlich (biological sciences, Stanford; The Population Bomb) has written a very informative book on the human animal that emphasizes the essential framework of organic evolution. He focuses on the ... Leer comentario completo

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TALES FROM THE ANIMAL HOUSE
15
OUR NATURES AND THEIRS
44
STANDING UP FOR OURSELVES
68
BARE BONES AND A FEW STONES
88
EVOLVING BRAINS EVOLVING MINDS
108
FROM GROOMING TO GOSSIP?
139
THE DOMINANCE OF CULTURE
203
FROM SEEDS TO CIVILIZATION
227
GODS Dis KBOMBERS AND BUREAUCRACY
253
i3 EVOLUTION AND HUMAN VALUES
305
Notes
333
References
433
Acknowledgments
509
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Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He is the author of hundreds of scientific papers, and numerous books including The Population Bomband Betrayal of Science and Reason(Island Press, 1997). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the Crafoord Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and many other international honors.

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