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The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition
The Origin of Species
150th Anniversary Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0451529065
The classic book that changed the course of scientific inquiry, introduced the theory of evolution, and exploded some of humankind's most enduring myths is reissued with a special introduction by Sir Julian Huxley. Reissue.
Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters
The Human Effect and Why It Matters
Paperback      ISBN: 161614565x
Writing for general readers, Fairbanks (science and health, Utah Valley U.) sets out the main theories of evolution, the evidence for it, and the reasons common people--not just scientists--should know how it works. His topics include what evolution is, evidence from geography, evidence from the human genome,invaders and freeloaders by the millions, evolution and food, and evolution and the environment. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Third Chimpanzee
The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Paperback      ISBN: 0060984031
A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors
Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul
Only a Theory
Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul
Hardcover      ISBN: 067001883x
A scientific evaluation of the debate between evolution and intelligent design in America, written by an expert witness in Pennsylvania's landmark 2005 Dover evolution trial, dissects the claims of the ID movement, explains why the conflict is compromising America's position as a leading scientific nation, and considers the issue's potential for furthering education. 40,000 first printing.
Darwin's Sacred Cause
Darwin's Sacred Cause
Hardcover      ISBN: 0547055269
Explores the important influence of abolitionism and Darwin's hatred of slavery on the development of his theory of evolution, in a study that examines the scientist's theories about human origins and the moral center of his evolutionary work.
Evolution's End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence
Evolution's End
Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062506935
A tour of the human mind probes the biology of the brain, speculates on the nature of intelligence, and offers a sneak preview of the next step in human evolution. By the author of Magical Child. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.
The Cambridge Companion to Darwin
The Cambridge Companion to Darwin
Paperback      ISBN: 0521777305
Charles Darwin remains the subject of continuing energetic debate in the fields of philosophy, history of science, biology and history of ideas. This volume offers a collection of newly commissioned essays from experts in their fields, and will provide a student readership with an accessible guide through Darwin's thought.
The Social Conquest of Earth
The Social Conquest of Earth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0871404133
From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
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 Meme Machine
The Meme Machine
Paperback      ISBN: 019286212x
What is a meme? First coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene, a meme is any idea, behavior, or skill that can be transferred from one person to another by imitation: stories, fashions, inventions, recipes, songs, ways of plowing a field or throwing a baseball or making a sculpture. The meme is also one of the most important--and controversial--concepts to emerge since The Origin of the Species appeared nearly 150 years ago. In The Meme Machine Susan Blackmore boldly asserts: "Just as the design of our bodies can be understood only in terms of natural selection, so the design of our minds can be understood only in terms of memetic selection." Indeed, Blackmore shows that once our distant ancestors acquired the crucial ability to imitate, a second kind of natural selection began, a survival of the fittest amongst competing ideas and behaviors. Ideas and behaviors that proved most adaptive--making tools, for example, or using language--survived and flourished, replicating themselves in as many minds as possible. These memes then passed themselves on from generation to generation by helping to ensure that the genes of those who acquired them also survived and reproduced. Applying this theory to many aspects of human life, Blackmore offers brilliant explanations for why we live in cities, why we talk so much, why we can't stop thinking, why we behave altruistically, how we choose our mates, and much more. With controversial implications for our religious beliefs, our free will, our very sense of "self," The Meme Machine offers a provocative theory everyone will soon be talking about.