Item description for Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution by David P. Barash...
"Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] science, literature, and pop culture into elegant and insightful commentaries on the most interesting and important questions of our time. A delightful read."-Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil
"Entertaining and thought-provoking."-Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate
If we are, in part, a product of our genes, can free will exist? Incisive and engaging, this indispensable tour of evolutionary biology runs the gamut of contemporary debates, from science and religion to our place in the universe.
David Barash is the author of The Myth of Monogamy and Madame Bovary's Ovaries. He lives in Redmond, Washington.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Bellevue Literary Press
ISBN 1934137057 ISBN13 9781934137055
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More About David P. Barash
David P. Barash is professor of psychology and zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been active in the growth of sociobiology as a scientific discipline. He is the author of more than 170 technical articles and twenty books including "Sociobiology and Behavior, Aging: An Exploration, Beloved Enemies: Exploring Our Need for Opponents, Making Sense of Sex: How Genes and Gender Influence Our Relationships" (with Judith E. Lipton), and "The Mammal in the Mirror: Understanding Our Place in the Natural World" (with Ilona A. Barash).).
David P. Barash currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington. David P. Barash has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Washington University of Washington, Seattle University.
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A matter-of-fact accounting that does not excuse or justify immoral behavior Feb 7, 2008
Professor of psychology and proponent of sociobiology David P. Barash presents Natural Selections, a matter-of-fact look at how human biology and evolution affect human behavior, and what this has to say about both practical and ethical dilemmas in today's world. Written in plain terms accessible to lay readers and an extra dollop of wit, Natural Selections discusses why human violence is an overwhelmingly male phenomenon (humans were almost certainly polygamous earlier in their evolution, which prompted physical strength and violent traits among males striving for domination), why something being "natural" is by no means a synonym for it being "good" (or "bad", for that matter), why racism remains a pervasive social problem (it benefits one's genes to favor one's kin-group, and those of a different race are clearly unlikely to belong to one's kin-group), and much more. A matter-of-fact accounting that does not excuse or justify immoral behavior, but rather seeks to understand its sociobiological origins, on the premise that science and knowledge of the problem's roots, not ignorance, are a necessary first ingredient to making the world a better place. Highly recommended.