Homo Mysterious Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0199324522
ISBN-13: 9780199324521
Edition: 2013
Authors: David P. Barash
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

For all that science knows about the living world, notes David P. Barash, there are even more things that we don't know, genuine evolutionary mysteries that perplex the best minds in biology. Paradoxically, many of these mysteries are very close to home, involving some of the most personalaspects of being human.Homo Mysterious examines a number of these evolutionary mysteries, exploring things that we don't yet know about ourselves, laying out the best current hypotheses, and pointing toward insights that scientists are just beginning to glimpse. Why do women experience orgasm? Why do men have a shorterlifespan than women? Why does homosexuality exist? Why does religion exist in virtually every culture? Why do we have a fondness for the arts? Why do we have such large brains? And why does consciousness exist? Readers are plunged into an ocean of unknowns - the blank spots on the human evolutionary map, the terra incognita of our own species - and are introduced to the major hypotheses that currently occupy scientists who are attempting to unravel each puzzle (including some solutions proposed here forthe first time). Throughout the book, readers are invited to share the thrill of science at its cutting edge, a place where we know what we don't know, and, moreover, where we know enough to come up with some compelling and seductive explanations.Homo Mysterious is a guide to creative thought and future explorations, based on the best, most current thinking by evolutionary scientists. It captures the allure of the "not-yet-known" for those interested in stretching their scientific imaginations.

David P. Barash holds a Ph.D. in zoology & is professor of psychology & zoology at the University of Washington. He has been especially active in the growth & development of sociobiology as a scientific discipline.

Acknowledgments
In Praise of Mystery: "That's How the Light Gets In"
Sexual Mysteries I: Menstruation, Concealed Ovulation, and Breasts
Sexual Mysteries II: Female Orgasm, Menopause, and Men
Sexual Mysteries III: Homosexuality
Art I: Cheesecake, By-Products, and Groups
Art II: Play, Practice, and Sex (Again)
Religion I: Genes, Memes, Minds, and Motives
Religion II: Social Bonding and Morality
On the Matter of Mind
Digging for Treasure
Index

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