Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution

Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution

by David P. Barash
     
 

ISBN-10: 1934137057

ISBN-13: 9781934137055

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

“Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] science, literature, and pop culture into elegant and insightful commentaries on the most interesting and important questions of our time. A delightful read.”—Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil

“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Steven Pinker, author of

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“Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] science, literature, and pop culture into elegant and insightful commentaries on the most interesting and important questions of our time. A delightful read.”—Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil

“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate

If we are, in part, a product of our genes, can free will exist? Incisive and engaging, this indispensable tour of evolutionary biology runs the gamut of contemporary debates, from science and religion to our place in the universe.

David Barash is the author of The Myth of Monogamy and Madame Bovary’s Ovaries. He lives in Redmond, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934137055
Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Seductions of Centrality     9
Evolutionary Design Flaws, or, Why Bad Things Have Happened to Perfectly Good Creatures (Including Ourselves)     16
Mainstream Misconceptions     21
Neither Leaps Nor Bounds     32
Who's in Charge Here?     42
Material of Mind: A Surprising Homage to B. F. Skinner     49
Y B Conscious?     57
Intelligence     64
Let Us Reason Together     71
Believing Is Seeing     80
Evolutionary Existentialism and the Meaning of Life     86
The Tyranny of the Natural     98
Forbidden Knowledge?     104
Are We Selfish Altruists? Group-Oriented Individualists? (Or What?)     111
Dealing with Dilemmas: Personal Gain versus Public Good     118
The Ugly Underside of Altruism     126
Why Is Violence Such a "Guy Thing"?     136
One and a Half Cheers...     148
Honest Liars?     155
What Puts the Dys in Dystopia?     162
Evolution's Odd Couple     173
Index     185

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