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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
A Search for Who We Are
Paperback      ISBN: 0345384725
"Dazzling...A feast. Absorbing and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates in a discussion of human nature and teh complex traces ofhumankind's evolutionary past...It is an amazing story masterfully told." FINANCIAL TIMES (LONDON) World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.
The Origin of Species
The Origin of Species
Paperback      ISBN: 1853267805
Shattering the Myths of Darwinism
Shattering the Myths of Darwinism
Paperback      ISBN: 0892818840
Compelling evidence that the most important assumptions on which Darwinism rests are wrong. The controversial best-seller that sent Oxford University and Nature magazine into a frenzy has at last come to the United States. Shattering the Myths of Darwinism exposes the gaping holes in an ideology that has reigned unchallenged over the scientific world for a century. Darwinism is considered to be hard fact, the only acceptable explanation for the formation of life on Earth, but with keen insight and objectivity Richard Milton reveals that the theory totters atop a shambles of outdated and circumstantial evidence which in any less controversial field would have been questioned long ago. Sticking to the facts at hand and tackling a vast array of topics, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism offers compelling evidence that the theory of evolution has become an act of faith rather than a functioning science, and that not until the scientific method is applied to it and the right questions are asked will we ever get the true answers to the mystery of life on Earth.Â
An Urchin in the Storm: Essays About Books and Ideas
An Urchin in the Storm
Essays About Books and Ideas
Hardcover      ISBN: 039302492x
Reviews books about pandas, scientific research, evolution, culture, geology, the origin of the mind, testing bias, genetics, and scientific frauds
The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
The Sixth Extinction
Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0385424973
Cites five previous mass extinctions on planet Earth while explaining that the human race may be the first to trigger its own destruction, as well as the destruction of nonhuman species through irresponsible practices. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Paperback      ISBN: 0060894083
Looks at one newly described gene from each of the twenty-three human chromosomes and explains how each one contributes to our uniqueness as a species.
Darwin's Lost World: The Hidden History of Animal Life
Darwin's Lost World
The Hidden History of Animal Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0199548986
It greatly puzzled Darwin that the most ancient rocks, those dating before the Cambrian period, seemed to be barren of fossils when he would expect them to be teeming with life. Decades of work by modern paleontologists have indeed brought us amazing fossils from far beyond the Cambrian, from the depths of the Precambrian. Yet hidden in these depths is a great mystery--something happened around the Cambrian to dramatically speed up evolution and produce many of the early forms of animals we know today--and scientists don't really know what provided that spark. In this vibrantly written book, Martin Brasier, a leading paleontologist working on early life, takes us into the deep, dark ages of the Precambrian to explore Darwin's Lost World. Brasier is a master storyteller. As he explains what we now know of the strange creatures of these truly ancient times--540 million years ago--he takes readers to many far flung places around the globe, interweaving an engaging account of cutting-edge science with colorful and amusing anecdotes from his expeditions to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, and other remote places. As he shows, decoding the evidence in these ancient rocks--piecing together the puzzle of the Cambrian Explosion--is very challenging work. What they have discovered is that, just at the beginning of the Cambrian period, animals (mostly worms) began burrowing into the mud. Why they suddenly began burrowing, and how this might have changed the atmosphere, may be important clues to the mystery. Brasier gives his own take on the emerging answers, as one of the leading players in the field. A richly readable account of exciting expeditions and leading-edge science, Darwin's Lost World is a must-have book for all natural history buffs. "A rollicking account of Brasier's adventures seeking an answer to a question that vexed Charles Darwin." --Library Journal "Engaging." --New Scientist "If there is one book in this crop that Darwin himself would surely have appreciated, it is Darwin's Lost World." --Financial Times
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
Paperback      ISBN: 0393317552
An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief. Reprint.
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Why Darwin Matters
The Case Against Intelligent Design
Paperback      ISBN: 0805083065
A former evangelical Christian and creationist refutes the pseudoscientific arguments of proponents of Intelligent Design and explains why the scientific evidence reveals that evolution is more than just a theory and how it transforms life through the process of natural selection. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
The Origins of Virtue
Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
Paperback      ISBN: 0140264450
Suggests a biological basis for the social organization and cooperation shown by the human race, and traces the evolution of society