Are You Human, or What?by Dale Carlson, Carol Nicklaus
Are You Human, Or What? Evolutionary psychology for teens. We have evolved from reptile to mammal to human. Can we mutate, evolve into humans? Teen guide to the new science of evolutionary psychology. Evolution has equipped us, not for happiness, but for survival and reproduction of the species. To survive, we are programmed for fear and pain: every one of us had ancestors who managed to survive, mate, and pass on the best adapted programs for staying alive. Our brain programs hardware and software, have already conquered every other species: we’ve won, we can stop fighting. It’s time to pay attention to our psychological welfare as well as our technology.
Gr 7 Up
Carlson describes "how we evolved into the human animals we are and how we can evolve further into humane creatures." She explains that unhappiness and anxieties are the result of actions caused by fears, which have evolved from Stone Age reptilian brains. Humans tend to view themselves as individuals, separate from the rest of the species and life on Earth, instead of connected. However, humans have the ability to reprogram their thinking. Humanity will be responsible for its own next psychological evolutionary step by the choices it makes. The book is organized into small chapters, focusing on the brain as it relates to teen issues such as loneliness, aggression, and sex. Despite the glossary, some scientific terms are undefined and are used frequently enough to make for dense reading. While connections are made to teen issues, the material is unlikely to generate interest in young adults, and there isn't enough information for reports. Dale Carlson's The Teen Brain Book (Bick, 2004) is a more teen-friendly read.-Richelle Roth, Wilmington Public Library, OH
- Bick Publishing House
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- 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 15 Years
Meet the Author
Author of over sixty books, adult and juvenile, fiction and nonfiction, Hannah Carlson has received three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, YALSA Nomination Quick Picks for Young Adults, New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, VOYA Honor Book. She writes novels and psychology, science, and philosophy books for young adults, and adult wildlife care and meditation books. She teaches writing here and abroad during part of each year. She makes her home among her grandchildren Chaney, Jacquelyn, Malcolm, Sam, and Shannon in Connecticut. Her books have been translated into 11 languages.
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