Natural Selections by David P. Barash
Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution

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“Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] science, literature, and pop culture into elegant and insightful commentaries on the most interesting and important questions of our time. A delightful read.”—Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil

“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate

If we are, in part, a product of our genes, can free will exist? Incisive and engaging, this indispensable tour of evolutionary biology runs the gamut of contemporary debates, from science and religion to our place in the universe.

 

About David P. Barash

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David Barash is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the author of two dozen books, including The Myth of Monogamy, written with his wife, psychiatrist Judith Lipton. Nanelle Barash is currently studying biology and literature at Swarthmore College.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 1, 2007 by Bellevue Literary Press. 196 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Here, too, are Barash’s customary cool critters from elsewhere in the animal kingdom (worms that reprogram the brains of ants, gang-raping male mallards) and sensible explanations of common conundrums (why dogs are easier to toilet-train than humans, why males of all species do most of the murder...

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