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How Evolution Explains The Human Condition

Author : Roger Bourke White Jr
ISBN : 9781477273906
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Ah, the mysteries of life Why is mankind a boom species? Why should we worry it if is? Why is the Bible's Curse of Eve real, and necessary for human progress? How does Panic and Blunder Thinking get us into deep, deep trouble? And if it's so bad, why do we still use it? These are questions of the human condition, and using evolution to answer these questions is what this book is all about.
Category: Health & Fitness

The Human Condition

Author : Valentin Matcas
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Genre : Psychology
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This book studies not only dreadful conditions, but also benefic ones. Your main task is not only to survive through them, but to do anything in order to identify and use any condition of the environment and of society on your behalf, as fast and as efficient as possible. …And even throughout major dreadful conditions, the smaller, less obvious favorable conditions manifest continuously and are capable to save your life and the lives of your loved ones, if you are only capable to identify them and make use of them continuously, since Existence itself is made of good and bad elements, many times simultaneously, if you only know how to identify them and employ them. What exactly are conditions? You may already know of your natural and social environment, of how to cope, survive, and prosper through them, but these are simple conditions among many, since conditions are absolutely everything to stand out and act independently of you, of your reasoning, capability, behavior, and lifetime activity. Everything that you cannot control directly and unconditionally throughout life remains a condition to you, including all caprices, vices, and desires of your spouse and of your cat, and many times your conditions include your own spouse and cat entirely. The purpose of this book is to identify all conditions of your life and existence, understand them, their purpose, their manifestation, along with your behavior related to them, while helping you predict and prepare for them all well in advance. …And for benefic conditions, this book prepares you to identify and make use of them in a faster, more efficient manner.
Category: Psychology

Human Nature And The Limits Of Science

Author : John Dupré
ISBN : 9780199248063
Genre : Science
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John Dupre warns that our understanding of human nature is being distorted by two faulty and harmful forms of pseudo-scientific thinking. Not just in the academic world but increasingly in everyday life, we find one set of experts seeking to explain the ends at which humans aim in terms of evolutionary theory, and another set of experts using economic models to give rules of how we act to achieve those ends. Dupre charges this unholy alliance of evolutionary psychologists and rational-choice theorists with scientific imperialism: they use methods and ideas developed for one domain of inquiry in others where they are inappropriate. He demonstrates that these theorists' explanations do not work, and furthermore that if taken seriously their theories tend to have dangerous social and political consequences. For these reasons, it is important to resist scientism - an exaggerated conception of what science can be expected to do for us. To say this is in no way to be against science- just against bad science. Dupre restores sanity to the study of human nature by pointing the way to a proper understanding of humans in the societies that are our natural and necessary environments. He shows how our distinctively human capacities are shaped by the social contexts in which we are embedded. And he concludes with a bold challenge to one of the intellectual touchstones of modern science: the idea of the universe as causally complete and deterministic. In an impressive rehabilitation of the idea of free human agency, he argues that far from being helpless cogs in a mechanistic universe, humans are rare concentrations of causal power in a largely indeterministic world. Human Nature and the Limits of Science is a provocative, witty, and persuasive corrective to scientism. In its place, Dupre commends a pluralistic approach to science, as the appropriate way to investigate a universe that is not unified in form. Anyone interested in science and human nature will enjoy this book, unless they are its targets.
Category: Science

Teaching About Scientific Origins

Author : Leslie Sandra Jones
ISBN : 0820470805
Genre : Religion
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Persistent resistance to the teaching of evolution has so drastically impacted science curricula that many students finish school without a basic understanding of a theory that is a fundamental component of scientific literacy. This -evolution/creationism controversy- has crippled biological education in the United States and has begun to spread to other parts of the world. This book takes an educational point of view that respects both the teaching of evolution and religious beliefs. Authors from different academic traditions contribute to a collection of perspectives that begin to dismantle the notion that religion and science are necessarily incompatible."
Category: Religion

Comparative Medicine

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ISBN : UCSC:32106015923037
Genre : Laboratory animals
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Category: Laboratory animals

In The Light Of Evolution

Author : National Academy of Sciences
ISBN : 9780309156578
Genre : Science
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The Human Condition is a collection of papers by leading evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science that reflect on the Darwinian Revolution as it relates to the human condition at levels ranging from the molecular to the theological. The book focuses on understanding the evolutionary origin of humans and their biological and cultural traits. The Human Condition is organized into three parts: Human Phylogenetic History and the Paleontological Record; Structure and Function of the Human Genome; and Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of Being Human. This fourth volume from the In the Light of Evolution (ILE) series, based on a series of Arthur M. Sackler colloquia, was designed to promote the evolutionary sciences. Each volume explores evolutionary perspectives on a particular biological topic that is scientifically intriguing but also has special relevance to contemporary societal issues or challenges. Individually and collectively, the ILE series interprets phenomena in various areas of biology through the lens of evolution, addresses some of the most intellectually engaging as well as pragmatically important societal issues of our times, and fosters a greater appreciation of evolutionary biology as a consolidating foundation for the life sciences.
Category: Science

The Cooperative Gene

Author : Mark Ridley
ISBN : 9780743201612
Genre : Science
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A study of the history of life on Earth explains how microscopic life evolved into large, complex animals and speculates on the various ways in which biotechnology can change our thinking about evolution and complex living organisms.
Category: Science

Evolution Culture And The Human Mind

Author : Mark Schaller
ISBN : 080585911X
Genre : Psychology
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An enormous amount of scientific research compels two fundamental conclusions about the human mind: The mind is the product of evolution; and the mind is shaped by culture. These two perspectives on the human mind are not incompatible, but, until recently, their compatibility has resisted rigorous scholarly inquiry. Evolutionary psychology documents many ways in which genetic adaptations govern the operations of the human mind. But evolutionary inquiries only occasionally grapple seriously with questions about human culture and cross-cultural differences. By contrast, cultural psychology documents many ways in which thought and behavior are shaped by different cultural experiences. But cultural inquires rarely consider evolutionary processes. Even after decades of intensive research, these two perspectives on human psychology have remained largely divorced from each other. But that is now changing - and that is what this book is about. Evolution, Culture, and the Human Mind is the first scholarly book to integrate evolutionary and cultural perspectives on human psychology. The contributors include world-renowned evolutionary, cultural, social, and cognitive psychologists. These chapters reveal many novel insights linking human evolution to both human cognition and human culture âe" including the evolutionary origins of cross-cultural differences. The result is a stimulating introduction to an emerging integrative perspective on human nature.
Category: Psychology

Culture And The Evolutionary Process

Author : Robert Boyd
ISBN : 0226069338
Genre : Science
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How do biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors combine to change societies over the long run? Boyd and Richerson explore how genetic and cultural factors interact, under the influence of evolutionary forces, to produce the diversity we see in human cultures. Using methods developed by population biologists, they propose a theory of cultural evolution that is an original and fair-minded alternative to the sociobiology debate.
Category: Science

Man And Nature

Author : Richard Allan Watson
ISBN : UOM:39015003665331
Genre : Ecology
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Hypothetical models of eight ways of life synthesized from factual information about the interaction of selected primates with the physical environment.
Category: Ecology