Human Natures: Genes Cultures and the Human Prospect / Edition 1

Human Natures: Genes Cultures and the Human Prospect / Edition 1

by Paul R. Ehrlich
     
 

ISBN-10: 155963779X

ISBN-13: 9781559637794

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Island Press

What makes us act the way we do? Biologist Paul R. Ehrlich suggests that although people share a similar genetic makeup, these genes "do not shout commands at us ... at the very most, they whisper suggestions." He argues that human nature is as much the result of genetic coding as it is cultural and environmental factors. In this well-written narrative peppered with…  See more details below

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What makes us act the way we do? Biologist Paul R. Ehrlich suggests that although people share a similar genetic makeup, these genes "do not shout commands at us ... at the very most, they whisper suggestions." He argues that human nature is as much the result of genetic coding as it is cultural and environmental factors. In this well-written narrative peppered with clear examples and personal anecdotes, Ehrlich lucidly conveys the facts about what science does and does not know. A major work of synthesis and scholarship, Human Natures is a valuable guide to genetics and evolution. After reading it, the old saying, "You can't change human nature," will never have the same meaning again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559637794
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

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

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