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Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World (Englisch) MP3 CD – 31. März 2014

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  • Verlag: Tantor Audio; Auflage: MP3 - CD. (31. März 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1452669554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452669557
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,5 x 18,8 cm
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"Can a book about vampire bats and necrophiliac frogs be an uplifting experience? When Dan Riskin writes it, yes. Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You is a no-holds romp through life's nasty, creepy, and otherwise fascinating corners." (Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex)

"I am in awe of Dan's ability to make the most disgusting and repulsive things seem fascinating and, frankly, beautiful. I wish he'd write the press releases for my show. This is very cool." (Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show and author of American on Purpose)

You have to love Dan Riskin's Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. It's eye-opening, hair-raising, and engaging science, all at the same time. A fascinating tour of the often ghoulish strategies nature devises to help creatures unmask, do-in, and otherwise wreak havoc with you, me, and nearly every other living thing on the planet. The research is exhaustive and surprising, yet fun and accessible. Along the way readers get a fresh, first-hand view of the inventive ways the evolutionary sweepstakes works.” (Chip Walter, author of Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived)

"Calling all science geeks! A fascinating and funny look at some of the fantastic and frightening aspects of the ‘natural’ world. You will laugh, you will learn, you may even throw up a little in your mouth. Required reading, if you like things that are good." (Ed Robertson, lead singer of Barenaked Ladies)

"Well worth reading. Full of fascinating facts and intriguing tales that will ensure you never look at nature in quite the same way again." (Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History)

“Wildlife lovers, in an effort to dispel the idea that we are dominant over the earth, have tried to portray ‘nature’ and ‘natural’ as beautiful, peaceful things. Dan Riskin reveals the folly of that by showing us that not only are other organisms trying to take us down – in myriad ways – but in their spare time, trying to get each other. Peaceful? Ha!” (Jay Ingram, author of The Science of Everyday Life)

"Pride and envy, lust and sloth—in Riskin's evolutionary romp, not deadly sins, but virtues learned at Mother Nature's knee." (Pam Nagami, M.D., author of The Woman With a Worm in Her Head)

“A fact-filled and amusing trek through nature’s dark side that adroitly combines learning and the yuck factor.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[An] absorbing and witty, if sometimes stomach-churning, catalog of nature’s more gruesome proclivities. . . . Riskin’s book is an entertaining and informative close-up look at the ingenious tricks nature’s creatures use to survive.” (Booklist) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Dan Riskin is an evolutionary biologist and passionate ambassador of science to popular audiences. Since 2011, Riskin has cohosted the world’s only hour-long daily science show, Daily Planet, on Discovery Canada. He is also the host of Animal Planet’s wildly successful show Monsters Inside Me, about parasites. He lives in Toronto. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Initially, it takes some time to get accustomed to Riskin's rather formal style of writing. But once having accomplished this, reading his informative book gave me real pleasure. Highly recommendable!
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A fascinating read of the dark side of nature we seldom hear about 5. März 2014
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Unlike the dark side of the moon, the dark side of nature is simply fabulous and surprisingly extremely interesting. There abound creatures that exhibit the seven deadly sins of man: greed, lust,laziness, gluttony, envy, wrath and pride. In fact each of these sins form a chapter in Riskin's book. Dr. Riskin maintains our interest throughout by describing the most interesting and fascinating creatures that steel, rape philander, kill and put on glorious displays of razzle-dazzle to attract a female, all in the name to perpetuate their DNA. All this places new meaning to the word natural. Anyone pointing to nature to justify any of our vices, sexual orientation, or food preferences relating to meat or vegetables would find ample evidence here as nature dark veil is opened for our eyes to behold. This book is well written especially for the non-scientist to enjoy and understand. It is a non-fiction page turner which I heartily recommend.
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A Learning Experience 7. März 2014
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I found this a delightful book about how Mother Nature is not as nice as is popularly believed or advertised. Told in everyday explanations and vignettes for all to understand, with humor and personal experiences, this biologist explains through six of the seven deadly sins how every element in nature is better at committing them than we are, while trying to advance its own DNA at the expense of all others.
Doctor Riskin uses “meat robots” as the term for all living things, especially mammals (including us) because all behaviors are directed by the instinct to pass on DNA of…not the fittest, but the sneakiest, the most venomous, and the cruelest. From parasites, plants and birds, to sea creatures, insects and mammals there is no other purpose. And each does it in an amazing way evolved over time as situations changed so survival is assured.
Even man behaves according to the dictates of his DNA, rationalizing it’s natural, and if so, must be the only correct way to behave. He shows how this is absolutely not true, not in natural childbirth, not in natural foods, and certainly not in our warlike, self-serving, self-destructive behavior.
Man has, for better or worse, the ability to change Nature for his benefit, receiving the trophy for the last vice – pride. We believe, as the most advanced species, we’re different from the others, and normal rules don’t apply to us. But that has made us as short sighted as each element in nature that performs in the moment without understanding the consequences to their own future.
Even though scientists chip away at old theories and misguided, antiquated beliefs, society as a whole takes decades, even centuries, to accept the facts. We want to feel important, so we have a tough time letting go of our pride to accept the myriad of new and proven ideas. Doctor Riskin suggests the use of the word natural so prevalent now is a means of our transition, “saying nature is wonderful lets us accept we evolved from nature without letting go of the idea that we’re special.” Instead of being one among the animals we’re advancing other living things to a spiritual plane. In that way our egos don’t suffer. But though the living elements of Earth may appear holy and benign from a distance, working in harmony, they are really locked in a battle and we evolved in the midst of that bloodbath.
By making adjustments, through our foresight ability, we can stop acting in a self-destructive manner and “use our massive brains” to find solutions. “We have a choice.”
In speaking of the previous extinctions on Earth he is warning us of our own, because, no matter how “deadly and selfish and brutal nature may be, it’s unique, beautiful, surprising and more valuable than words can express.” And it will survive while we may not. Our future is in our hands.
I won this book in a giveaway prior to release in hopes of a review.
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Wonderful 5. März 2014
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Although this book rehashes a bit of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, Riskin provides a lot of detail about the lethal side of plants and animals, as well as some up-to-date philosophy of how the naturalistic fallacy affects us humans. Best book I've come across all week. Highly recommended, if for no other reason than the description of the cuddling hyenas.
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Quick, humorous, and well written. 22. Mai 2014
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Great book, humorous, a quick read, and it'll tweak your world view. I recommend it. I also learned how to remove a bot fly.
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Awesome, entertaining, readable 25. April 2014
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A very entertaining romp through the dark side of mother nature. Loved this book, although I'm sure religious authorities will be quick to discredit it.
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