In Light of Our Differences: How Diversity in Nature and Culture Makes Us Human available in Hardcover
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- Smithsonian Institution Press
David Harmon takes a unique approach to answering this essential question by drawing on insights from conservation biology, evolutionary theory, linguistics, geography, psychology, philosophy, and ethics. His interconnected discussion explores the works of Voltaire, A.O. Lovejoy, Darwin, Wittgenstein, William James, Dobzhansky, and many others to explain why everyone must be concerned about the loss of diversity. When more and more elemental differences are erased from the natural world and human societies, the field of possible experience becomes more constricted and our essential humanity becomes jeopardized.
The very reason our planet can be said to be alive is because an amazing variety of organisms, streams of human thought and behavior, and geophysical features exist that provide a congenial setting for the interworkings of nature and culture. Harmon's timely, important book elucidates how as we lose diversity, we risk losing ourselves.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Voltaire's Solution Chapter 2 The Converging Extinction Crises Chapter 3 Species, Languages, and the Structure of Diversity Chapter 4 What We Do With Difference Chapter 5 Diversity and the Human Indentity