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In humanitys more than 100,000 year history, we have evolved from vulnerable creatures clawing sustenance from Earth to a sophisticated global society manipulating every inch of it. In short, we have become the dominant animal. Why, then, are we creating a world that threatens our own species? What can we do to change the current trajectory toward more climate change, increased famine, and epidemic disease?

 

Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich believe that intelligently addressing those questions depends on a clear understanding of how we evolved and how and why were changing the planet in ways that darken our descendants future. The Dominant Animal arms readers with that knowledge, tracing the interplay between environmental change and genetic and cultural evolution since the dawn of humanity. In lucid and engaging prose, they describe how Homo sapiens adapted to their surroundings, eventually developing the vibrant cultures, vast scientific knowledge, and technological wizardry we know today.

 

But the Ehrlichs also explore the flip side of this triumphant story of innovation and conquest. As we clear forests to raise crops and build cities, lace the continents with highways, and create chemicals never before seen in nature, we may be undermining our own supremacy. The threats of environmental damage are clear from the daily headlines, but the outcome is far from destined. Humanity can again adapt—if we learn from our evolutionary past.

 

Those lessons are crystallized in The Dominant Animal. Tackling the fundamental challenge of the human predicament, Paul and Anne Ehrlich offer a vivid and unique exploration of our origins, our evolution, and our future.

 

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Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrl

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Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrl

Synopsis:

Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich believe that intelligently addressing todays great environmental and social challenges requires a clear understanding of how we evolved and how were changing the planet. The Dominant Animal offers readers that knowledge, tracing the interplay between environmental change and genetic and cultural evolution since the dawn of humanity. Tackling the fundamental challenge of the human predicament, Paul and Anne Ehrlich offer a vivid and unique exploration of our origins, our evolution, and our future.

About the Author

Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biology at Stanford University and a fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. The author of Human Natures, The Population Bomb, and many other books, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of numerous international honors, including the Crafoord Prize and the MacArthur “genius award.”

            Anne H. Ehrlich is affiliated with Stanford's Biology Department and Center for Conservation Biology, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the board of the Sierra Club and other conservation organizations, has coauthored more than ten books with her husband, and is a recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the United Nations Environment Programme/Sasakawa Environment Prize.

Table of Contents

Prologue

 

Chapter 1. Darwin's Legacy and Mendel's Mechanism

Chapter 2. The Entangled Bank

Chapter 3. Fossils and Our Distant Past

Chapter 4. Cultural Evolution – It's Not All in the Genes

Chapter 5. Cultural Evolution: How It Works

Chapter 6. Perception: How Much Of The Outside Gets In?

Chapter 7. Differences: How We Deal with Them

Chapter 8. Births, Deaths, and Migrations: The Dynamics of Populations

Chapter 9. History as Cultural Evolution

Chapter 10. Cultural Change, Diversification, and Conservatism

Chapter 11. Our Biophysical Environment

Chapter 12. Ecosystems and Human Domination of Earth

Chapter 13. Population, Consumption, and the Environment

Chapter 14. A New Imperative

Chapter 15. Altering the Global Atmosphere

Chapter 16. Energy: Are We Running Out of It?

Chapter 17. Saving Our Natural Capital

Chapter 18. Governance: Tackling the Unanticipated Consequences

 

Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260978
Author:
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Ehrlich, Anne H.
Author:
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Human beings -- Effect of environment on.
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
Human Evolution and
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Photos, illustrations, notes, bibliograp
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Renowned Stanford scientists Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich believe that intelligently addressing todays great environmental and social challenges requires a clear understanding of how we evolved and how were changing the planet. The Dominant Animal offers readers that knowledge, tracing the interplay between environmental change and genetic and cultural evolution since the dawn of humanity. Tackling the fundamental challenge of the human predicament, Paul and Anne Ehrlich offer a vivid and unique exploration of our origins, our evolution, and our future.
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