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One Planet, One People: Beyond ''Us vs. Them'' [NOOK Book]

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"One Planet, One People does a wonderful job of setting the ethical challenges of creating a functional global society in an evolutionary framework that reaches back to our beginnings. What we have to do today is much like what we have repeatedly done in the past, create ever larger scale institutions to increase cooperation and regulate conflict."
-Professor Peter J. Richerson, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of ...
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One Planet, One People: Beyond ''Us vs. Them''

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Overview

"One Planet, One People does a wonderful job of setting the ethical challenges of creating a functional global society in an evolutionary framework that reaches back to our beginnings. What we have to do today is much like what we have repeatedly done in the past, create ever larger scale institutions to increase cooperation and regulate conflict."
-Professor Peter J. Richerson, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis

"The question of when and why religions ever started and how they evolved, as science uncovered so many earlier mysteries, is most fascinating. This book works through the issue, a step at a time, to a clear and well argued position. Not every reader will agree, but every reader will have sharpened his own beliefs and be gratified by the experience."
-Louis W. Cabot, Chairman Emeritus, The Brookings Institute

In this succinct, highly readable overview of the evolution of human society, the author argues that the 21st century will witness a crucially important and difficult transition for the human race. Blending the disciplines of anthropology and evolutionary psychology with over thirty years of experience in the diplomatic corps, Coon traces the evolution of the human tendency to divide others into two groups, "us versus them." People tend instinctively to behave altruistically toward members of their own in-group, and to react with suspicion, or even hostility, toward outsiders. He points out that complex human societies became possible only when cultural attitudes and mechanisms became accepted that encouraged individuals to define their in-groups in more expansive ways. Thus small kin-based bands grew into villages, kingdoms, and, eventually, the modern nation-state. Today, he argues, we have reached a stage where the whole world must be viewed as "us," for only a united world community can cope with today's global challenges.
Coon concludes by discussing the difficulties of making this final transition to a world community and the role the United States should take in leading the way. He deplores the recent unilateral trend of U.S. foreign policy, and advocates strengthening the United Nations.
Coon's broad international experience combined with an admirable ability to synthesize the latest research from anthropology and evolutionary psychology results in many original insights and fresh ways of evaluating today's global challenges. This is an extraordinary book that offers a new context to a crucially important message.

Carl Coon (Washington, DC) served in the US Foreign Service for more than thirty-five years, during which time he lived and worked in many lands and cultures in both the East and the West. He was ambassador to Nepal from 1981 to 1984.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615926688
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 186 KB

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