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Opis: Neither Gods Nor Beasts - Elof Axel Carlson, E Carlson

Traditional views of human nature focus on the supernatural, defining us as creatures with souls, minds, and spirits that transcend our physical attributes. In this provocative book, distinguished scientist and historian Elof Axel Carlson argues for a different understanding of ourselves based on our biology-cellular organization, genetics, life cycle, evolution, and our origins as a species. This interpretation does not negate our capacity for imagination, spiritual and emotional yearnings, or aesthetic appreciation for art, music, and literature. Carlson challenges educators, the media, and public policy makers to integrate the evidence from science more fully into our understanding of ourselves. This work by scientist and historian Carlson (State Univ. of NY at Stony Brook) has a number of virtues. The first is his wish to address the notion that humans share so much with all other life, but differ in possessing reason. Second is his excellent account of the history and development of modern biology. Finally, Carlson looks at his vision of the future in terms of the interaction of society and science. In essence, he considers where humans should go and how absolutely critical the knowledge of science is for the developing millennium. Science plays a dominant role in the political arena, in the way religion and governments interact, and in the very personal way in which individual health is achieved. The basic tenets of most religions are at least similar, and perhaps science will help bring them together. Particularly well done is the author's examination of the current political stance, the way society uses resources and humankind's apparent difficulty in adapting to the changes in the world, with and without the public's conscious input. Carlson approaches the topic with understanding and wit, not criticizing anyone for their beliefs, at least openly. Well done. ChoicePreface 1. Introduction PART I: HUMANITY IN A PRESCIENTIFIC UNIVERSE 2. Living on Automatic Pilot 3. Between Gods and Beasts 4. Our Negative Image of Our Animal Self 5. Mind, Souls, Ideals, and the Ephemeral PART II: CONFRONTING AND RECOGNIZING OUR BIOLOGY 6. Biology Becomes Mechanistic and Emerges as a Science 7. The Human Body Is Composed of Cells 8. The Body Evolves 9. Most Human Traits Are Determined by Genes, Which Are Composed of DNA 10. We Have a Life Cycle and Sexuality That Is Genetically Programmed 11. Neurobiology Reveals How the Brain Works PART III: HOW SHOULD WE PERCEIVE HUMANITY IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM? 12. The Blank Slate, the Human Nature, and the Biological Determinism Fallacies 13. Human Nature as Potentials for Forming Communities 14. Science Enriches Our Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities 15. Moral Values Bind a Community 16. The Human Condition and Our World View Change Every Generation 17. Rethinking Science Teaching 18. A Human Outlook for the Third Millennium Index


Szczegóły: Neither Gods Nor Beasts - Elof Axel Carlson, E Carlson

Tytuł: Neither Gods Nor Beasts
Autor: Elof Axel Carlson, E Carlson
Producent: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
ISBN: 9780879697860
Rok produkcji: 2008
Ilość stron: 180
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.45 kg


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Neither Gods Nor Beasts

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Traditional views of human nature focus on the supernatural, defining us as creatures with souls, minds, and spirits that transcend our physical attributes. In this provocative book, distinguished scientist and historian Elof Axel Carlson argues for a different understanding of ourselves based on our biology-cellular organization, genetics, life cycle, evolution, and our origins as a species. This interpretation does not negate our capacity for imagination, spiritual and emotional yearnings, or aesthetic appreciation for art, music, and literature. Carlson challenges educators, the media, and public policy makers to integrate the evidence from science more fully into our understanding of ourselves. This work by scientist and historian Carlson (State Univ. of NY at Stony Brook) has a number of virtues. The first is his wish to address the notion that humans share so much with all other life, but differ in possessing reason. Second is his excellent account of the history and development of modern biology. Finally, Carlson looks at his vision of the future in terms of the interaction of society and science. In essence, he considers where humans should go and how absolutely critical the knowledge of science is for the developing millennium. Science plays a dominant role in the political arena, in the way religion and governments interact, and in the very personal way in which individual health is achieved. The basic tenets of most religions are at least similar, and perhaps science will help bring them together. Particularly well done is the author's examination of the current political stance, the way society uses resources and humankind's apparent difficulty in adapting to the changes in the world, with and without the public's conscious input. Carlson approaches the topic with understanding and wit, not criticizing anyone for their beliefs, at least openly. Well done. ChoicePreface 1. Introduction PART I: HUMANITY IN A PRESCIENTIFIC UNIVERSE 2. Living on Automatic Pilot 3. Between Gods and Beasts 4. Our Negative Image of Our Animal Self 5. Mind, Souls, Ideals, and the Ephemeral PART II: CONFRONTING AND RECOGNIZING OUR BIOLOGY 6. Biology Becomes Mechanistic and Emerges as a Science 7. The Human Body Is Composed of Cells 8. The Body Evolves 9. Most Human Traits Are Determined by Genes, Which Are Composed of DNA 10. We Have a Life Cycle and Sexuality That Is Genetically Programmed 11. Neurobiology Reveals How the Brain Works PART III: HOW SHOULD WE PERCEIVE HUMANITY IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM? 12. The Blank Slate, the Human Nature, and the Biological Determinism Fallacies 13. Human Nature as Potentials for Forming Communities 14. Science Enriches Our Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities 15. Moral Values Bind a Community 16. The Human Condition and Our World View Change Every Generation 17. Rethinking Science Teaching 18. A Human Outlook for the Third Millennium Index

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Szczegóły: Neither Gods Nor Beasts - Elof Axel Carlson, E Carlson

Tytuł: Neither Gods Nor Beasts
Autor: Elof Axel Carlson, E Carlson
Producent: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
ISBN: 9780879697860
Rok produkcji: 2008
Ilość stron: 180
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.45 kg


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