Quest The Essence of Humanity

ISBN-10: 0470851457

ISBN-13: 9780470851456

Edition: 2003

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Description: An intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science that explores the human desire to quest. Scientists continually look for the genetic factors that make humans so very different in appearance and behaviour from most animals - the genes that are uniquely human. Respected biochemist and author Charles Pasternak argues that such genes do not exist. Instead, he suggests that it is our desire to quest - for food and shelter, for knowledge, for wealth, for adventure - coupled with our unique physical abilities to do so that have controlled our evolution and have led humans to develop away from closely related animals. In this intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science, Pasternak uses his extensive biological knowledge to discuss man's nature and achievements, his genetic makeup, and his evolution.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Prologue
Evolution: The Genetic Basis Of Quest
Unity and diversity in living organisms
Plants and microbes: the origin of vision
Animals and man: development of human attributes
Domination: The Consequences Of Human Quest
Out of Africa: exploration and expansion
The ladder: adversity and achievement
Civilisation 1: towns and temples
Civilisation 2: communication and culture
Technology: war and welfare
Religion: belief and dogma
Science: explanation and experimentation
Controversy: Current Quest
Tinkering with genes 1: GM foods
Tinkering with genes 2: GM people
Speculation: A Glimpse Into The Future
Extinction or survival of Homo quaerens?
Epilogue
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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