The Genius Within
Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0151005516
Argues that intelligence--an ability to react, change behavior, and survive--exists in all forms of life, including bacteria, insects, and animals, and presents evidence about the intelligence of the smallest living things. 25,000 first printing.
Before the Dawn
Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
Paperback ISBN: 014303832x
A provocative alternate history of humanity's ancient ancestry and the evolution of human nature draws on ground-breaking scientific findings to offer insight into such debated issues as the evolution of language and race, the domestication of companion animals, and the defeat of the Neanderthals. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Theological and Scientific Commentary on Darwin's Origin of Species
Paperback ISBN: 0687649390
Although modified and adapted, evolution's basic principles remain firmly in place. However, the implications for belief are still being sorted. In this book, the authors review Darwin's milieu and give an overview of the conflicts among today's interpreters of Darwin.
The Art Instinct
Beauty, Pleasure, & Human Evolution
Hardcover ISBN: 1596914017
Challenges popular conceptions in art theory and criticism to argue that human tastes in the arts are evolutionary traits shaped by Darwinian selection as opposed to social construction, in a volume that explains the role of evolution in aesthetic preferences while calling for a practice of art criticism from an evolutionary standpoint. 40,000 first printing.
Why Darwin Matters
The Case Against Intelligent Design
Hardcover ISBN: 0805081216
A former evangelical Christian and creationist refutes the arguments of proponents of Intelligent Design, and explains why the scientific evidence reveals that evolution is more than just a theory.
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
Hardcover ISBN: 0393038912
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. Tour.
The Beak of the Finch
A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Paperback ISBN: 067973337x
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.
The Diversity of Life
Paperback ISBN: 0674058178
[View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities"](http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/wilson/) "In the Amazon Basin the greatest violence sometimes begins as a flicker of light beyond the horizon. There in the perfect bowl of the night sky, untouched by light from any human source, a thunderstorm sends its premonitory signal and begins a slow journey to the observer, who thinks: the world is about to change." Watching from the edge of the Brazilian rain forest, witness to the sort of violence nature visits upon its creatures, Edward O. Wilson reflects on the crucible of evolution, and so begins his remarkable account of how the living world became diverse and how humans are destroying that diversity. Wilson, internationally regarded as the dean of biodiversity studies, conducts us on a tour through time, traces the processes that create new species in bursts of adaptive radiation, and points out the cataclysmic events that have disrupted evolution and diminished global diversity over the past 600 million years. The five enormous natural blows to the planet (such as meteorite strikes and climatic changes) required 10 to 100 million years of evolutionary repair. The sixth great spasm of extinction on earth--caused this time entirely by humans--may be the one that breaks the crucible of life. Wilson identifies this crisis in countless ecosystems around the globe: coral reefs, grasslands, rain forests, and other natural habitats. Drawing on a variety of examples such as the decline of bird populations in the United States, the extinction of many species of freshwater fish in Africa and Asia, and the rapid disappearance of flora and fauna as the rain forests are cut down, he poignantly describes the death throes of the living world's diversity--projected to decline as much as 20 percent by the year 2020. All evidence marshaled here resonates through Wilson's tightly reasoned call for a spirit of stewardship over the world's biological wealth. He makes a plea for specific actions that will enhance rather than diminish not just diversity but the quality of life on earth. Cutting through the tangle of environmental issues that often obscure the real concern, Wilson maintains that the era of confrontation between forces for the preservation of nature and those for economic development is over; he convincingly drives home the point that both aims can, and must, be integrated. Unparalleled in its range and depth, Wilson's masterwork is essential reading for those who care about preserving the world biological variety and ensuring our planet's health.