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

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

by John Vandermeer, Vandermeer
 

ISBN-10: 0471109177

ISBN-13: 9780471109174

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Wiley

Rave reviews for Reconstructing Biology

"It is just the sort of book I would have expected from John Vandermeer who, for his entire professional life, has been a leading voice in trying to make people understand the true nature of the forces that are both inside and outside of human beings, and the correct relationship between human beings and the rest of nature

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Rave reviews for Reconstructing Biology

"It is just the sort of book I would have expected from John Vandermeer who, for his entire professional life, has been a leading voice in trying to make people understand the true nature of the forces that are both inside and outside of human beings, and the correct relationship between human beings and the rest of nature."—R. C. Lewontin Harvard University

"For over a decade now we have been inundated by massive tomes on the nature of race by psychologists and sociologists poorly trained in genetics and biology. Now, at last, a preeminent biologist explains the true nature of race differences.... The combination of scientific clarity, political insight, and historical acumen makes this one of the most important books yet published on the subject of race and racism."—Barry Mehler Ferris State University

"Given the frequency with which we meet simplistic claims today that social behaviors such as criminality, alcoholism, shyness, homosexuality, or infidelity are genetically determined...Reconstructing Biology should be required reading for all students in the social as well as natural sciences."—Garland E. Allen Washington University in St. Louis

A biologist takes a probing look at some of the most important questions facing postmodern civilization

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471109174
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Biological Essentialism Versus Social Construction: The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century.

Natural Aristocracies: Genetics and Evolution.

Human Origins.

The Origin of Human Races and Racism.

The Elusive Transformation: Genes Dictating Development in an Environment.

Gender and Gender Roles.

Carbon Cycles and Energy Flows.

Resource Transformation in Homo Sapiens.

Energy and the Evolution of the Hydrocarbon Society.

Component Interactions (Population Ecology).

Ecosystems in Space and Time.

Agriculture, The Most Basic Resource Transformation.

Neo-Malthusianism, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.

The Nature of Nature.

Conclusions?

Notes.

References.

Index.

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