Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution - David P. Barash (Audiobook)
"A tonic for the mind."
—Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion
"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
As the debate between proponents of intelligent design and of evolution rages on, Barash demonstrates how natural selection can explain various aspects of the human experience. He tackles some of the harder questions, such as whether or not we have free will. He debunks the notion that humans are exceptions in the process of evolution. He takes on common arguments against evolution, such as the assertion that it's only a theory and that natural selection cannot create anything new. He addresses the fallacy behind the belief that all natural phenomena are good. Many attributes of human behavior, such as infanticide and racism, he proposes, may be wired into our genes. He muses on the relationship between culture and biology, considering, for example, why people keep pets. Science News
File size: 215 MB
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