Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters

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This persuasive, elegantly written book argues that understanding evolution has never mattered more in human history. The author uses evidence from archaeology, geography, anatomy, biochemistry, radiometric dating, cell biology, chromosomes, and DNA to establish the inescapable conclusion that we evolved and are still evolving. He also explains in detail how health, food production, and human impact on the environment are dependent on our knowledge of evolution. This is essential reading for gaining a fuller ...

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Overview

This persuasive, elegantly written book argues that understanding evolution has never mattered more in human history. The author uses evidence from archaeology, geography, anatomy, biochemistry, radiometric dating, cell biology, chromosomes, and DNA to establish the inescapable conclusion that we evolved and are still evolving. He also explains in detail how health, food production, and human impact on the environment are dependent on our knowledge of evolution. This is essential reading for gaining a fuller appreciation of who we are, our place in the great expanse of life, and the importance of our actions.

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"With so many excellent books on evolution available, it’s hard to imagine another one with anything new in it. Fairbanks succeeds with a whole array of original examples that demonstrate not only the truth of evolution, but also its impact on human life and society."
-Victor J. Stenger New York Times bestselling author of God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion

"This book provides a compact overview of the results of many lines of research, especially in genetics, which continue to deepen our knowledge of evolution. Anyone who wonders about the practical value and importance of understanding the processes of evolution will benefit from reading it."
-Eric Meikle, National Center for Science Education

"This is an important book. Fairbanks presents an overwhelming case for the correctness of evolutionary theory. It is engagingly written, with many personal glimpses, and the technical material is clearly presented and understandable. Evolving should be essential reading for anyone who wishes to be an informed citizen."
-Allan Franklin, Professor of physics, University of Colorado, and coauthor of Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616145651
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 773,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Fairbanks is associate dean of the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University and a distinguished university professor, research geneticist, artist, and author. He is the author of Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA and the coauthor of The Mendel-Fisher Controversy (with A. Franklin, A. W. F. Edwards, D. L. Hartl, and T. Seidenfeld) and Genetics: The Continuity of Life (with W. R. Andersen), in addition to numerous journal articles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Christie

    A lot better! Keep it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Rosalie

    I loved it!!! Write more. &heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Ugh

    Horrid..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Good sci-fi story.

    I wish I could write one like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Evolved Chapter Two by Bree

    "What," I say dully.
    "Why arent you here at the SESF headquarters?" Glenn asks.
    SESF stands for Surviving Evolved Supernatural Forms. Its an organization that hosts the forms the Prominence wants to use. There, we can be safe.
    "Theres some sort of a crowd. Appearently, President Veridy found another Legacy. But he looks like he could be an SESF initiate. Look him up."
    "Tell me what he looks like."
    I take some binoculars out of my knaosack and press them against the ridge of my nose. "Brown hair, green eyes... Or is that blue?"
    I guess I wasnt fast enough because then Glenn tells me,"Let me see!" So I shrug and press a piercing on my ear (which Im not sure if I told you or not) that everyone gets at the age of three. You can get more than one piercing and it is connected to your brain.
    Glenn's holographic head comes from the piercings but he's facing the wrong way. I sigh and flip him the right way while he wrights something down and mumbles,"Shade 22 skin, N; breaker-4D...." I dont have a clue what he is talking about. When he's finished I dont even notice the dissapearing of the screen, and lie down on my stomach to listen to President Veridy.
    "Avril Tannings, we know youre here. 4.76 minutes ago, by Fry's Butchered Meats, we saw you running. But that isnt important. Now, say hello to the only other Legacy in the world, Dylan. And he actually admitted it! Haha!"
    I gasp. Thats dangerous to admit. But it cant be true. Im the ONLY Legacy in the Domain. So no need to worry... I think.

    But I have a flashback. Of a boy with purple hair and green eyes but with a same face talking to me on a roof in 1962 in NYC.
    "I travel to so many muesems you could call me a timetraveler, remebering all the lives."
    "Oh really? I travel so mich looking for adreniline and being so close to dying that you could call me a dare de.vil. Or something bigger than that, I guess," I say back.

    But when Glenn calls back, Dylan is confirmed.
    "Avril, he has your blood type, B-323. And our records say that he's escaped death 62 times. And he even remembers what he did on the night of January 17th 1962 just like you. He has .7305 agility, which is close to your .7362 agility than anyone else's. And his heartbeat matches yours right now...
    "Avril, we need a rescue team that includes you to save the only other Legacy in the Domain. Avril, meet your match. Grab your wea.pons, cuz this is gonna get weird."

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    Posted November 6, 2012

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