10 line drawings. Forming a twenty-first-century statement on Darwinian evolution, one shorn of “religious and political dogma, ” Edward O. Of these, wilson demonstrates that at least seventeen―among them the African naked mole rat and the sponge- dwelling shrimp―have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism and cooperation.
Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies #ad - Whether writing about midges who “dance about like acrobats” or schools of anchovies who protectively huddle “to appear like a gigantic fish, ” or proposing that human society owes a debt of gratitude to “postmenopausal grandmothers” and “childless homosexuals, ” Genesis is a pithy yet path-breaking work of evolutionary theory, braiding twenty-first-century scientific theory with the lyrical biological and humanistic observations for which Wilson is known.
The Origins of CreativityLiveright #ad - Both endeavours, Edward O. The humanities in particular suffer from a kind of anthropomorphism, neuroscience, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, encumbered by a belief that we are the only species among millions that seem to matter, yet Wilson optimistically reveals how researchers will have to address this parlous situation by pushing further into the realm of science, and anthropology.
With eloquence and humanity, wilson calls for a transformational "Third Enlightenment, " in which the blending of these endeavors will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world. And in doing so, wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors―the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song.
Our achievements in science and the humanities, Wilson notes, make us uniquely advanced as a species, but also give us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity―the defining trait of our species. Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, as we have long assumed, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age.
The Origins of Creativity #ad - An eloquent exploration of creativity, collectively, the Origins of Creativity grapples with the question of how this uniquely human expression―so central to our identity as individuals and, as a species―came about and how it has manifested itself throughout the history of our species. In this profound and lyrical book, how they can be united, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, and where they still fall short.
Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species.
The Meaning of Human ExistenceLiveright #ad - Searching for meaning in what nietzsche once called "the rainbow colors" around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Wilson takes his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence―from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends.
Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Whether attempting to explicate "the riddle of the human Species, " "Free Will, " or "Religion"; warning of "The Collapse of Biodiversity"; or even creating a plausible "Portrait of E.
T. Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe. The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre-, then recorded, history is now more than ever before in our hands. W w norton co. New york times bestseller finalist for the national book award nonfictionhow did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, "Why?" In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, the most difficult question of all, and perhaps, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O.
The Meaning of Human Existence #ad - Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our "anthropocene epoch, as a species, " here wilson posits that we, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, " which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth, indeed, described by the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere, in a testable way.
Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, even though the human and the spider evolved similarly, Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life, recognizing that, the poet's sonnet is wholly different from the spider's web.
The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and FallBasic Books #ad - Moffett draws on findings in psychology, sociology and anthropology to explain the social adaptations that bind societies. But human societies are in fact vastly larger. How do we manage--by and large--to get along with each other? In this paradigm-shattering book, biologist Mark W. Surpassing guns, and steel and sapiens, Germs, The Human Swarm reveals how mankind created sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity--and what it will take to sustain them.
Psychologists have done little to explain this: for years, they have held that our biology puts a hard upper limit--about 150 people--on the size of our social groups. W w norton co. The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating speciesIf a chimpanzee ventures into the territory of a different group, it will almost certainly be killed.
The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall #ad - He explores how the tension between identity and anonymity defines how societies develop, function, and fail. But a new yorker can fly to Los Angeles--or Borneo--with very little fear.
The Social Conquest of EarthLiveright #ad - Demonstrating that the sources of morality, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, religion, the renowned Harvard University biologist presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.
Liveright Publishing Corporation. Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” Discover. 90 illustrations W w norton co. Wilson's legendary career. Watson calls “a monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition, ” Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is both a “great blessing and a terrible curse” Smithsonian.
The Social Conquest of Earth #ad - . In a work that James D. Refashioning the story of human evolution, not kin selection, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to demonstrate that group selection, is the premier driving force of human evolution. New york times bestseller and notable book of the year a kirkus reviews Book of the Year Nonfiction Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence NonfictionFrom the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good SocietyLittle, Brown Spark #ad - Blueprint: the evolutionary origins of a Good Society Hardcover - March 26, 2019. W w norton co. A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, anthropology, philosophy, and more" Frank Bruni, economics, statistics, sociology, New York Times, genetics, epidemiology, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and how we are united by our common humanity.
Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, despite a human history replete with violence, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.
But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, our genes today. Liveright Publishing Corporation. In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society #ad - For too long, cruelty, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, prejudice, and self-interest. In blueprint, Nicholas A. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, cooperation, including our capacity for love, friendship, and learning.
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for LifeLiveright #ad - Liveright. Blueprint: the evolutionary origins of a Good Society Hardcover - March 26, 2019. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Liveright Publishing Corporation. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed―such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others―Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" Oliver Sacks.
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life #ad - . An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet. Jedediah purdy, new republicin his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" stephen Greenblatt, Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.
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A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of LifeOxford University Press #ad - How did life start? is the evolution of life describable by any physics-like laws? Stuart Kauffman's latest book offers an explanation-beyond what the laws of physics can explain-of the progression from a complex chemical environment to molecular reproduction, metabolism and to early protocells, and further evolution to what we recognize as life.
W w norton co. Since newton, we have turned to physics to assess reality. Evolving living creatures, by existing, create new niches into which yet further new creatures can emerge. The resulting protocells were capable of Darwin's heritable variation, hence open-ended evolution by natural selection. Liveright.
The emergence of such systems-the origin of life problem-was probably a spontaneous phase transition to self-reproduction in complex enough prebiotic systems. Blueprint: the evolutionary origins of a Good Society Hardcover - March 26, 2019. If life is abundant in the universe, propagating, this self-constructing, exploding diversity takes us beyond physics to biospheres everywhere.
A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life #ad - Evolution propagates this burgeoning organization. Among the estimated one hundred billion solar systems in the known universe, evolving life is surely abundant. Cells are autopoetic systems that build themselves: they literally construct their own constraints on the release of energy into a few degrees of freedom that constitutes the very thermodynamic work by which they build their own self creating constraints.
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for LifeLiveright #ad - Liveright Publishing Corporation. Suffused with a profound darwinian understanding of our planet's fragility, Half-Earth reverberates with an urgency like few other books, but it offers an attainable goal that we can strive for on behalf of all life. This includes a critique of the "anthropocenists, " a fashionable collection of revisionist environmentalists who believe that the human species alone can be saved through engineering and technology.
Despite the earth's parlous condition, Wilson is no doomsayer, resigned to fatalism. Defying prevailing conventional wisdom, he suggests that we still have time to put aside half the Earth and identifies actual spots where Earth's biodiversity can still be reclaimed. Half-earth proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth to nature.
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life #ad - In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. In doing so, wilson describes how our species, in only a mere blink of geological time, both ours and the natural world, became the architects and rulers of this epoch and outlines the consequences of this that will affect all of life, far into the future.
Half-earth provides an enormously moving and naturalistic portrait of just what is being lost when we clip "twigs and eventually whole braches of life's family tree. In elegiac prose, paying tribute to creatures great and small, Wilson documents the many ongoing extinctions that are imminent, not the least of them the two Sumatran rhinos whom he encounters in captivity.
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature_A New Evolutionary HistoryThe Experiment #ad - Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee’s. It’s an intriguing question, one his book sets against descriptions of the infinitely amusing strategies and antics of a dizzying array of animals. The new york times book review publisher’s note: Humanimal was published in the UK under the title The Book of Humans.
Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Are we? in this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the “human animal. Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, a chimp named Julie even started a “fashion” of wearing grass in one ear.
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature_A New Evolutionary History #ad - It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals—and also why we are truly extraordinary. Rutherford describes humanimal as being about the paradox of how our evolutionary journey turned ‘an otherwise average ape’ into one capable of creating complex tools, art, science, music, and engineering. Liveright Publishing Corporation.
And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Liveright. We aren’t the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation.
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in CrisisLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Because diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. Commodore perry's fleet, to the soviet union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two.
Blueprint: the evolutionary origins of a Good Society Hardcover - March 26, 2019. A bill gates summer reading pick a "riveting and illuminating" yuval Noah Harari new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis #ad - The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet. Liveright Publishing Corporation. W w norton co. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises.
Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U. S. These nations coped, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, to varying degrees, and learning from models of other nations.