What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes / Edition 1

What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes / Edition 1

by Jonathan Marks
     
 


"In this clever, entertaining, and thoughtful book, Marks lays out some important limitations of science in general and genetics in particular. Using terms that everybody can understand, he demolishes the pretensions of scientists who try to use genetics to answer questions about the kinship of nations, the rights of animals, the racial identity of Kennewick Man,… See more details below

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"In this clever, entertaining, and thoughtful book, Marks lays out some important limitations of science in general and genetics in particular. Using terms that everybody can understand, he demolishes the pretensions of scientists who try to use genetics to answer questions about the kinship of nations, the rights of animals, the racial identity of Kennewick Man, the hereditary Jewish priesthood, and the existence of God. Marks has a lot of fun with all this, and so will his readers."—Matt Cartmill, author of A View to Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240643
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Marks teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of Human Biodiversity: Genes, Race, and History (1995) and coauthor, with Edward Staski, of Evolutionary Anthropology (1992).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction1
1Molecular Anthropology7
2The Ape in you32
3How People Differ from One Another51
4The Meaning of Human Variation72
5Behavioral Genetics100
6Folk Heredity128
7Human Nature159
8Human Rights ... for Apes?180
9A Human Gene Museum?198
10Identity and Descent219
11Is Blood Really so Damn Thick?242
12Science, Religion, and Worldview266
Notes and Sources289
Index303

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