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Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)

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How old are you?  The more thought you bring to bear on the question, the harder it is to answer.  For we age simultaneously in different ways: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age within the larger framework of a culture, in the midst of a history that predates us and will outlast us. Looked at through that lens, many aspects of late modernity would suggest that we are older than ever, but Robert Pogue Harrison argues that we are also getting startlingly younger—in looks, mentality, and behavior. We live, he says, in an age of juvenescence.

 

Like all of Robert Pogue Harrison's books, Juvenescence ranges brilliantly across cultures and history, tracing the ways that the spirits of youth and age have inflected each other from antiquity to the present. Drawing on the scientific concept of neotony, or the retention of juvenile characteristics through adulthood, and extending it into the cultural realm, Harrison argues that youth is essential for cultures innovative drive and flashes of genius. At the same time, however, youth—which Harrison sees as more protracted than ever—is a luxury that requires the stability and wisdom of our elders and the institutions. “While genius liberates the novelties of the future,” Harrison writes, “wisdom inherits the legacies of the past, renewing them in the process of handing them down.”

 

A heady, deeply learned excursion, rich with ideas and insights, Juvenescence could only have been written by Robert Pogue Harrison. No reader who has wondered at our culture's obsession with youth should miss it.

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A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.

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National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s joyful vision of womanhood.

Synopsis:

With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

About the Author

Neil Shubin is provost of The Field Museum as well as professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as an associate dean. Educated at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in Chicago.www.neilshubin.com

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Introduction: Into the Light xxv

Unscrambling the Egg 1

It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell

The Mosaic Imagination 19

Understanding the “Female” Chromosome

Default Line 40

Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?

The Well-Tempered Clavier 64

On the Evolution of the Clitoris

Suckers and Horns 93

The Prodigal Uterus

MASS HYSTERIA 124

Losing the Uterus

Circular Reasonings 138

The Story of the Breast

Holy Water 162

Breast Milk

A Gray and Yellow Basket 182

The Bounteous Ovary

Greasing the Wheels 199

A Brief History of Hormones

Venus in Furs 217

Estrogen and Desire

Mindful Menopause 232

Can We Live Without Estrogen?

Theres No Place Like Notoriety 241

Mothers, Grandmothers, and Other Great Dames

Wolf Whistles and Hyena Smiles 266

Testosterone and Women

Spiking the Punch 294

In Defense of Female Aggression

Cheap Meat 319

Learning to Make a Muscle

Labor of Love 336

The Chemistry of Human Bondage

Of Hoggamus and Hogwash 360

Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch

A Skeptic in Paradise 397

A Call for Revolutionary Psychology

Appendix 411

References 446

Acknowledgments 463

Index 465

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277459
Author:
Shubin, Neil
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Various
Author:
Angier, Natalie
Author:
Harrison, Robert Pogue
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Subject:
Women's Health.
Subject:
evolution;science;biology;non-fiction;paleontology;anatomy;genetics;popular science;human evolution;natural history;fossils;fish;evolutionary biology;humans;dna;human anatomy;history;animals;development;anthropology;physiology;nature;developmental biology
Subject:
evolution;science;biology;non-fiction;paleontology;anatomy;genetics;popular science;human evolution;natural history;fossils;fish;evolutionary biology;humans;dna;human anatomy;history;animals;development;anthropology;physiology;nature;developmental biology
Subject:
evolution;science;biology;paleontology;non-fiction;anatomy;genetics;popular science;human evolution;fossils;natural history;fish;evolutionary biology;humans;dna;human anatomy;history;animals;anthropology;development;physiology;nature;geology;zoology;devel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.
"Synopsis" by ,
National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s joyful vision of womanhood.

"Synopsis" by ,
With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

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