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What are we? : exploring the evolutionary roots of our future

Author: Lonnie William Aarssen
Publisher: Kingstone, Canada : Queen's University, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Humans are fascinated with themselves. Who are we? Do our lives mean something? Our obsession with these questions is why the arts and humanities exist. And yet, their long history of success is built on a celebrated pluralism of interpretation for the human experience. Ironically, the 'What are we?' question is required here to remain essentially unanswered -- an enduring and revered mystery. But evolutionary  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lonnie William Aarssen
ISBN: 9781553394846 1553394844 9781553394853 1553394852
OCLC Number: 1012939699
Description: xi, 235 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Contents: What have we done? --
A primer on evolutionary roots --
Becoming human --
Discovery of self --
The march of progress --
Whispering genes --
The mating machine --
Staying alive --
Escape from self --
Extension of self --
The big four human drives --
Becoming the solution.
Responsibility: Lonnie Aarssen.

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"Humans are fascinated with themselves. Who are we? Do our lives mean something? Our obsession with these questions is why the arts and humanities exist. And yet, their long history of success is built on a celebrated pluralism of interpretation for the human experience. Ironically, the 'What are we?' question is required here to remain essentially unanswered -- an enduring and revered mystery. But evolutionary biology has, with wide consensus in recent decades, given us a very clear and certain perspective of what we are: We are an animal among many millions of others, the vast majority of which have long been extinct -- a species that is only about 300,000 years old, but descended from a long linage, most of which was not human. These discoveries have given us what the arts and humanities never could, and never aspired to find: vital insights into how and why human nature, social life, and culture have come to be what they are, and so uniquely different from other species." -- back cover.

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