Human Natures

Human Natures : Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect

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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 the very most, they whisper suggestions." He argues that human nature is not so much 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 Natures is 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 531 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0142000531
  • 9780142000533
  • 697,192

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"Well resaecrhed and...elegantly presented."Publishers Weekly(starred review)"I doubt whether anyone will write as good a book of this sort on [human evolution] for another two or three decades." Sicence

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About Paul R Ehrlich

Paul R. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. His books include the bestselling The Population Bomb, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of numerous international honors. Ehrlich lives in Stanford, California.
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Table of contents

1. Evolution and Us
2. Tales from the Animal House
3. Our Natures and Theirs
4. Standing Up for Ourselves
5. Bare Bones and a Few Stones
6. Evolving Brains, Evolving Minds
7. From Grooming to Gossip?
8. Blood's a Rover
9. The Dominance of Culture
10. From Seeds to Civilization
11. Gods, Dive-Bombers and Bureaucracy
12. Lessons from Our Natures
13. Evolution and Human Values
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