Biology, Evolution, and Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0471182192
ISBN-13: 9780471182191
Edition: 2001
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Description: This work examines the history of evolutionary theory from Darwin to the present, including the impact of molecular biology and the emergence of evolutionary social theory. It also includes work on primate societies and human evolution.

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List price: $132.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/16/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

This work examines the history of evolutionary theory from Darwin to the present, including the impact of molecular biology and the emergence of evolutionary social theory. It also includes work on primate societies and human evolution.

Foundations
Why Study Biology?
Science is a Means of Understanding the World
Different Disciplines, Different Perspectives, but One World
The Central Role of Evolution in Biology
The Multiple Meanings of "Cause"
Is There a Human Nature?
The World is Changing Rapidly, and Humans are Responsible
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Readings
Charles Darwin and the Origins of Evolutionary Theory
Charles Darwin
Five Pillars of Evidence
Some Common Misconceptions
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Cells and the Molecules of Life
Life is Organized in Compartments Called Cells
The Internal Structure of Cells Reflects Different Functions
The Structure of the Genes Reveals the Basis for Their Replication
DNA as Coded Information
How the Genetic Code is Transcribed
Translation: The Building of Proteins
Not All Genes are Active at Once: Control of Transcription
The Behavior of Genes During Cell Division
Genes and the Fundamental Meaning of Sex
The Origin of Life
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Genetic Continuity and Change: Organisms, Environments, and Microevolution
An Old Mystery
Blending Inheritance Revisited
Genes and Environment
The Hardy-Weinberg Law
Genetics and Evolutionary Change
Chance and Contingency in Evolution
Why the Theory of Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics Failed
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
After Darwin: Molecular Evolution, Selection, and Adaptation
The "Modern Synthesis:" Bringing Natural Selection and Genetics Together
Evolution as Seen Through the Structure of Molecules
Levels of Selection
Adaptation
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Evolutionary Social Theory
The Rudiments of Evolutionary Social Theory
Altruism Toward Genetic Relatives and the Concept of Kin Selection
Reciprocal Altruism: Return Effects in the Absence of Close Genetic Relatedness
Parent-Offspring Conflict
Sexual Selection
The Role of Parental Investment in Sexual Selection
Manipulating the Sex Ratio
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Evolution in Action
The Success of Social Insects
The Power of Kin Selection
Behavior in Honeybee Societies is Both Complex and Adaptive
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Parasites, Hosts, and the Evolutionary Warfare of Infectious Disease
Uninvited Guests
Evolutionary Views of Infectious Diseases
Ecological Factors in the Emergence and Spread of Disease
Evolutionary Epidemiology
Our Immune System: A Microcosm of Biological Evolution
Other Ways Hosts Fight Pathogens
The Red Queen
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Biology of Behavior
Nervous Systems Generate Behavior
The First Appearance of Neurons Opened New Evolutionary Possibilities
Nervous Systems are Constructed of Two Kinds of Cells
The Special Properties of Nerve Cells Evolved from Basic Features of Cell Membranes
Axons Carry Signals over Large Distances
Nerve Cells Communicate with Each Other at Junctions Called Synapses
Creating Behavior with Neurons
Cortical Maps
Processing Visual Information
Understanding and Communicating Language
The Right and Left Halves of the Brain are Different
Neurons Change During Learning
The Perception of Self
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Individual Organisms are the Product of Development
The Understanding of Development is Entering a New Phase
Egg and Sperm are Elaborately Specialized Cells
Some Basic Features of Development
The Emergence of Form: Genes that Control Other Genes
The Developing Nervous System
How Sex is Determined in Mammals
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Behavior as Phenotype
Behavior and Evolution
Behavior and Development
How Much do Animals Know About the World?
Do Animals Have Culture?
Genetics and Human Behavior
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Our Place in Nature
The Physical Record of Human Origins
Deciphering History
Humans and Apes: Genetically Close but Phenotypically Distinct
Some Snapshots of Human Evolution
Genetics, Migrations, and the Appearance of Linguistic Diversity
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Exploring Our Behavioral Heritage
Reconstructing Behavior
Social Evolution and Behavior in Our Nearest Relatives, the Great Apes
Human Social Variation: Unity within Diversity
Evolutionary Reconstructions and Hypotheses
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Viewing Human Cultures in an Evolutionary Context
What is Culture?
The Adaptive Roots of Cultural Practices
Reproductive Competition and the Mating System
Why do Humans Kill Each Other?
Social Intelligence and Moral Systems
Synopsis
Questions for Thought and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Bibiography
Credits
Index

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