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A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change

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Preamble510N 00E Darwin's home--Catastrophic gradualism510N 00W Evolution House, Kew Gardens--The Darwinian Quality Bootstrap510N 10E Down among the fossils--All of those chimp-human differences 490N 20E Musie de l'Homme in Paris--The Ghost of Habitats Past500N 80E Bockenheim--Tracing roots back to the Big Bang520N 50E Layover Limbo--IQ and evolution's package deals220N 140E Contemplating the Sahara--Why climate can suddenly flip00N 220E Latitude Zero--Population fluctuations and refugia190S 230E Okavango Delta--The island advantage250S 160E Sossusvlei Dunes--Hominid opportunities in deserts?260S 280E Sterkfontein Caves--The big change in hominid diet340S 180E Cape of Good Hope--The turning point that wasn't10S 370E Nairobi--Creating new species from old ones20S 360E Olorgesailie--The easiest tool of all00S 360E Kariandusi--A layer cake of handaxes00S 360E Lake Nakuru--Where droughts cause a boom time10N 360E Lake Baringo--The earliest hominids10S 360E Lake Naivasha--Droughts even in good times30S 350E Olduvai Gorge--Degrees of separation10S 350E Maasai Mara--The Crash-Boom-Boom cycle200N 150E Libya by moonlight--The last big step toward humans520N 50E Layover Limbo (again)--The Little Ice Age and its witch hunts560N 130E Copenhagen's ice cores--Slow ice ages and abrupt whiplashes560N 130E The plane where it's always noon--How ice age climate got the shakes600N 110E High above Oslo--The ocean has a conveyor belt630N 60E Out over the sinking Gulf Stream--Dan's coffee cream trick710N 80W Jan Mayen Island--Flushing the Gulf Stream720N 120W The Greenland Sea--Losing the first Panama Canal740N 190W Greenland fjords--What stops the conveyor750N 400W Atop Greenland--Why melting can causecooling780N 690W Thule--Rube Goldberg cause-and-effect730N 950W Somerset Island--North Poles aren't what they used to be680N 1050W Crossing the North American coast--How we might stabilize climate620N 1140W Yellowknife, Northwest Territories--Feedbacks in the greenhouse490N 1230W Bumpy border crossing--Managing high-risk situationsAfterthoughtsAcknowledgmentsGlossaryRecommended ReadingChapter NotesSubject Index

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2002 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

Mankind has recently come to the shocking realization that our ancestors survived hundreds of abrupt and severe changes to Earth's climate. In this unique travelogue, William H. Calvin takes us around the globe and back in time, showing us how such cycles of cool, crash, and burn provided the impetus for enormous increases in the intelligence and complexity of human beings—and warning us of human activities that could trigger similarly massive shifts in the planet's climate.

About the Author

William H. Calvin is an affiliate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Lingua ex Machina, The Cerebral Code, How Brains Think, Conversations with Neil's Brain, and The River That Flows Uphill. The last third of A Brain for All Seasons is based on his cover story "The Great Climate Flip-Flop" in The Atlantic Monthly.

Table of Contents

Preamble

51°N 0°E Darwins home—Catastrophic gradualism

51°N 0°W Evolution House, Kew Gardens—The Darwinian Quality Bootstrap

51°N 1°E Down among the fossils—All of those chimp-human differences

49°N 2°E Musée de lHomme in Paris—The Ghost of Habitats Past

50°N 8°E Bockenheim—Tracing roots back to the Big Bang

52°N 5°E Layover Limbo—IQ and evolutions package deals

22°N 14°E Contemplating the Sahara—Why climate can suddenly flip

0°N 22°E Latitude Zero—Population fluctuations and refugia

19°S 23°E Okavango Delta—The island advantage

25°S 16°E Sossusvlei Dunes—Hominid opportunities in deserts?

26°S 28°E Sterkfontein Caves—The big change in hominid diet

34°S 18°E Cape of Good Hope—The turning point that wasn't

1°S 37°E Nairobi—Creating new species from old ones

2°S 36°E Olorgesailie—The easiest tool of all

0°S 36°E Kariandusi—A layer cake of handaxes

0°S 36°E Lake Nakuru—Where droughts cause a boom time

1°N 36°E Lake Baringo—The earliest hominids

1°S 36°E Lake Naivasha—Droughts even in good times

3°S 35°E Olduvai Gorge—Degrees of separation

1°S 35°E Maasai Mara—The Crash-Boom-Boom cycle

20°N 15°E Libya by moonlight—The last big step toward humans

52°N 5°E Layover Limbo (again)—The Little Ice Age and its witch hunts

56°N 13°E Copenhagens ice cores—Slow ice ages and abrupt whiplashes

56°N 13°E The plane where its always noon—How ice age climate got the shakes

60°N 11°E High above Oslo—The ocean has a conveyor belt

63°N 6°E Out over the sinking Gulf Stream—Dans coffee cream trick

71°N 8°W Jan Mayen Island—Flushing the Gulf Stream

72°N 12°W The Greenland Sea—Losing the first Panama Canal

74°N 19°W Greenland fjords—What stops the conveyor

75°N 40°W Atop Greenland—Why melting can cause cooling

78°N 69°W Thule—Rube Goldberg cause-and-effect

73°N 95°W Somerset Island—North Poles arent what they used to be

68°N 105°W Crossing the North American coast—How we might stabilize climate

62°N 114°W Yellowknife, Northwest Territories—Feedbacks in the greenhouse

49°N 123°W Bumpy border crossing—Managing high-risk situations

Afterthoughts

Acknowledgments

Glossary

Recommended Reading

Chapter Notes

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226092034
Author:
Calvin, William H.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
Human Evolution and
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 halftones, 20 line drawings
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 in

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Winner of the 2002 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

Mankind has recently come to the shocking realization that our ancestors survived hundreds of abrupt and severe changes to Earth's climate. In this unique travelogue, William H. Calvin takes us around the globe and back in time, showing us how such cycles of cool, crash, and burn provided the impetus for enormous increases in the intelligence and complexity of human beings—and warning us of human activities that could trigger similarly massive shifts in the planet's climate.

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