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Understanding the human factor : life and its impact

Author: Gary A Sojka
Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., ℗2009.
Series: Great courses (Compact disc)
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A journey surveying the remarkable innovations that transformed humankind into the sole agriculturists on our planet. Inasmuch as humankind has changed the species it domesticates, so have the plants and animals we cultivate and tend changed the shape of our history and lives. These interactions are the key not only to our rise but also our continued success on this planet. It's been suggested that if contributions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary A Sojka
ISBN: 1598036181 9781598036183 9781598036206 1598036203
OCLC Number: 609711029
Notes: Compact discs.
In two containers (19 cm.).
Performer(s): Professor Gary A. Sojka, Bucknell University, lecturer.
Description: 12 audio discs (720 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (iv, 101 pages ; 19 cm).
Contents: Lecture 1. Man the domesticator --
lecture 2. The beginnings of domestication --
lecture 3. The basis for settled communities --
lecture 4. The dispersal and spread of agriculture --
lecture 5. Agriculture impacts ecology and geology --
lecture 6. You are what you eat, raise, and build --
lecture 7. The domestication of cereal grains --
lecture 8. The oligarchy of the garden patch --
lecture 9. The importance of storage crops --
lecture 10. Three of man's best friends --
lecture 11. The common barnyard domesticates --
lecture 12. Landraces, breeds, and strains --
lecture 13. The Columbian exchange --
lecture 14. Plants that influenced global culture --
lecture 15. Agriculture in the age of reason --
lecture 16. Darwin, Galton, and Mendel --
lecture 17. Some notable scientific plant breeders --
lecture 18. Farming the waters --
lecture 19. Domesticated mice, molds, and microbes --
lecture 20. Our technology-based global food system --
lecture 21. Engineering our domesticates --
lecture 22. Novel delivery systems and spare parts --
lecture 23. The age of industrial farming --
lecture 24. The path forward.
Series Title: Great courses (Compact disc)
Responsibility: Gary A. Sojka.

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A journey surveying the remarkable innovations that transformed humankind into the sole agriculturists on our planet. Inasmuch as humankind has changed the species it domesticates, so have the plants and animals we cultivate and tend changed the shape of our history and lives. These interactions are the key not only to our rise but also our continued success on this planet. It's been suggested that if contributions from our domesticates suddenly stopped, civilization would almost certainly and instantly collapse.

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