Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and by David P. Barash

By David P. Barash

“Barash . . . brilliantly integrat[es] technology, literature, and dad tradition into dependent and insightful commentaries at the best and demanding questions of our time. a pleasant read.”—Michael Shermer, writer of The technology of fine and Evil

“Entertaining and thought-provoking.”—Steven Pinker, writer of The clean Slate

If we're, partly, a manufactured from our genes, can unfastened will exist? Incisive and fascinating, this crucial travel of evolutionary biology runs the gamut of up to date debates, from technological know-how and faith to our position within the universe.

David Barash is the writer of The fantasy of Monogamy and Madame Bovary’s Ovaries. He lives in Redmond, Washington.

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There wriggles, however, a big fly—among many—in this theological, saltatory ointment: there is no moment of conception. In what follows, try to pick out precisely when a person becomes personified. One particular egg and one sperm, each destined to contribute onehalf the genome of a future human being, is produced—along with others, doomed to be less fortunate—via complex processes of oogenesis and spermatogenesis, respectively. ) The fated sperm cell must migrate through a layer of follicle cells before reaching the egg’s extracellular matrix, known as the zona pellucida.

Trees would still stand in ghostly rows representing our streets and high- Wh o ’s in C harge Here? / 43 ways. ” What difference does this make? For many of us supposedly “free-living” creatures, quite a lot. Providing room and board to other life-forms doesn’t only compromise one’s nutritional status (not to mention peace of mind), it often reduces freedom of action, too. ” For example, the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularus causes its mouse “host” to become obese and sluggish, making it easy pickings for predators, notably foxes which —not coincidentally—constitute the next phase in the tapeworm’s life cycle.

I F, AS SUGGESTED AT THE END OF THE LAST CHAPTER, WE ARE absorbent and porous, continuous with the rest of life rather than rigidly separated from it, the following question arises: Who, or what, is that “we,” or “you,” or “me”? Another way of saying this: Who’s calling the shots? When big corporations misbehave, people ask whether the CEO has been in the driver’s seat all along, or was he merely a clueless figurehead, manipulated by a nefarious CFO? It’s a different story, however, when we consider ourselves.

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