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Human Natures Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect

ISBN-10: 0142000531

ISBN-13: 9780142000533

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: Paul R. Ehrlich

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Why do we behave the way we do? Biologist Paul Ehrlich suggests that although people share a common genetic code, these genes "do not shout commands at us . . . at the very most, they whisper suggestions." He argues that human nature is not so much the result of genetic coding; rather, it is heavily influenced by cultural conditioning and environmental factors. With personal anecdotes, a well-written narrative, and clear examples, Human Naturesis a major work of synthesis and scholarship as well as a valuable primer on genetics and evolution that makes complex scientific concepts accessible to lay readers. "I doubt whether anyone will write as good a book of this sort on [human evolution] for another two or three decades." (Science) "Ehrlich's book is so well researched and so elegantly presented that it stands as one of the best introductions to human evolution in recent memory." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Paul Ehrlich, founder and first president of the Zero Population Growth organization, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in zoology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1955 and 1957, respectively. He became a member of the faculty at Stanford University in 1959 and was named Bing Professor of Population Studies in 1976. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and in 1990 he was awarded Sweden's Crafoord Prize, created by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to honor researchers in those disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prize. An expert in population biology, ecology, evolution, and behavior, Ehrlich has published more than 600 articles and scientific papers. He is perhaps best known for his environmental classic The Population Bomb (1968). Paul Ehrlich and his wife Anne began working together shortly after their marriage in 1954. Anne Ehrlich received her B.S. in biology from the University of Kansas. As senior research associate in biology and associate director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, she has lectured widely and written on various environmental issues, including the environmental consequences of nuclear war. Together, the Ehrlichs have written six books and dozens of magazine articles.

Preface
Evolution and Us
Tales from the Animal House
Our Natures and Theirs
Standing Up for Ourselves
Bare Bones and a Few Stones
Evolving Brains, Evolving Minds
From Grooming to Gossip?
Blood's a Rover
The Dominance of Culture
From Seeds to Civilization
Gods, Dive-Bombers, and Bureaucracy
Lessons from Our Natures
Evolution and Human Values
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index