Reconstructing Biology: Genetics and Ecology in the New World Order / Edition 1

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In Reconstructing Biology, noted biologist and educator John Vandermeer explores the ways in which the science of biology has been and continues to be misinterpreted and misappropriated on behalf of some of the most pernicious doctrines and policies of the past 200 years. From the politics of genetics to the biology of IQ, Reconstructing Biology is must reading for anyone concerned about the role of science in the most important social and political issues of our time.
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A deconstruction of traditional scientific values predicated on the idea that "the trinity" of genetic determinism, neo-Malthusianism, and nature worship is a social construction built by biologists and popular culture. Although a weighty thesis, fortunately for the reader Vandermeer (biology, U. of Michigan) treats his subject with a thorough, intelligent, and conversational approach weaving social politics into the fabric of evolutionary and ecological pedagogy, raising questions (and providing answers) for the dilemmas of over-population, environmental issues, and the role science plays in advancing both misconceptions and resolutions in the "new age". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471109174
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Biological Essentialism Versus Social Construction: The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century 17
3 Natural Aristocracies: Genetics and Evolution 41
4 Human Origins 75
5 The Origin of Human Races and Racism 102
6 The Elusive Transformation: Genes Dictating Development in an Environment 126
7 Gender and Gender Roles 170
8 Carbon Cycles and Energy Flows 196
9 Resource Transformation in Homo sapiens 211
10 Energy and the Evolution of the Hydrocarbon Society 233
11 Component Interactions (Population Ecology) 255
12 Ecosystems in Space and Time 287
13 Agriculture, The Most Basic Resource Transformation 309
14 Neo-Malthusianism, Agriculture, and Natural Resources 345
15 The Nature of Nature 393
16 Conclusions? 407
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