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Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

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Publisher Comments:

How did you choose your home? What side of the bed do you sleep on? Could you be like a spider? In this memoir-infused exploration of evolutionary theory, Maximilian Werner shows how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in a fresh and friendly modern-day Walden.

“Werners prose is compelling, his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world.”

Publishers Weekly

"This book provides an entry in to the great epic of evolution in a way that makes it both accessible and inspiring. This is no small accomplishment and we are all indebted to Maximilian Werner."

Mary Evelyn Tucker, co- author, Journey of the Universe

"Join this sensitive and perceptive naturalist as he explores his yard and nearby caves and mountains, carefully observing the activities of myriad life forms, and then reflecting insightfully on the evolutionary story we share with them. Learn from him how to feel completely at home in the world."

Loyal Rue, author of Religion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail

"Werner's book, thought-provoking and emotionally satisfying, takes us on a journey, a journey that ultimately urges each one of us to get up, go outside and hunt around the edges of our homes for the mysteries that await."

Sylvia Torti, author of The Scorpion's Tail

Review:

"Werner's goal is as straightforward as it is important: to 'use personal narrative and memoir to tell the story of how Darwinian evolution might be used to improve and deepen our understanding of day-to-day life in all its forms.' Unfortunately, the author goes too far in his efforts to glean evolutionary insight from every quotidian event. The take-away is rigid and didactic: human behavior, he seems to say, is fully determined by what our ancestors experienced as we matured as a species. To that end, he examines, for example, how the tendency to sleep on one's stomach or side might have evolved as a way to better protect ourselves when at our most vulnerable. He backs this idea up by bouncing it off his wife, considering his inability to think of an animal that habitually sleeps on its back, and then trying out sleeping in various positions and springing up as if under attack. It's an interesting hypothesis, but he fails to address the many people who sleep on their backs. Are they not as evolved as Werner (Black River Dreams)? To his credit, Werner's prose is compelling and his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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With startling insights, Werner explores how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in this modern day Walden.

Synopsis:

How did you choose your home? What side of the bed do you sleep on? Could you be like a spider? In this memoir-infused exploration of evolutionary theory, Maximilian Werner shows how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in a fresh and friendly modern-day Walden.

About the Author

Maximilian Werner is the author of the 2011 novel Crooked Creek and Black River Dreams, a collection of literary fly fishing essays that won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction. Mr. Werner's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Matter Journal: Edward Abbey Edition, Bright Lights Film Journal, The North American Review, ISLE, Weber Studies, Fly Rod and Reel, and Columbia. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children and teaches writing at the University of Utah.

John Alcock is a behavioral ecologist and writer. His research interests include the evolution of diversity in insect populations and studying the adaptive value of different ways in which males find mating partners. He is the author of several books, including The Kookaburras' Song: Exploring Animal Behavior in Australia (1988), Sonoran Desert Summer (1990), The Triumph of Sociobiology (2003), and Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach (ninth edition, 2009).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781937226176
Author:
Werner, Maximilian
Publisher:
Torrey House Press
Author:
Alcock, John
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photographs throughout
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Popular Science » Essays

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Werner's goal is as straightforward as it is important: to 'use personal narrative and memoir to tell the story of how Darwinian evolution might be used to improve and deepen our understanding of day-to-day life in all its forms.' Unfortunately, the author goes too far in his efforts to glean evolutionary insight from every quotidian event. The take-away is rigid and didactic: human behavior, he seems to say, is fully determined by what our ancestors experienced as we matured as a species. To that end, he examines, for example, how the tendency to sleep on one's stomach or side might have evolved as a way to better protect ourselves when at our most vulnerable. He backs this idea up by bouncing it off his wife, considering his inability to think of an animal that habitually sleeps on its back, and then trying out sleeping in various positions and springing up as if under attack. It's an interesting hypothesis, but he fails to address the many people who sleep on their backs. Are they not as evolved as Werner (Black River Dreams)? To his credit, Werner's prose is compelling and his natural history is thoroughly engaging, and his line of curious inquiry is an admirable attempt to better understand humanity and its changing relationship with the external world. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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With startling insights, Werner explores how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in this modern day Walden.
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How did you choose your home? What side of the bed do you sleep on? Could you be like a spider? In this memoir-infused exploration of evolutionary theory, Maximilian Werner shows how our Pleistocene instincts inform our everyday decisions and behaviors in a fresh and friendly modern-day Walden.

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