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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Univ of Chicago Pr; Auflage: New. (18. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0226284883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226284880
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,3 x 22,9 cm
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"With a delightfully irascible sense of humor, Henry Gee reflects on our origin and all the misunderstanding that we impose on it. The Accidental Species is an excellent primer on how-and how not-to think about human evolution." -Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses "The Accidental Species is at once an eminently readable and important book. Employing years of experience, sharp wit, and great erudition, Henry Gee reveals how most of our popular conceptions of evolution are wrong. Gee delights in shedding us of our assumptions to reveal how science has the power to inform, enlighten, and ultimately surprise." -Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish"

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Henry Gee is a senior editor at Nature and the author of such books as Jacob's Ladder, In Search of Deep Time, The Science of Middle-Earth, and A Field Guide to Dinosaurs, the last with Luis V. Rey.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Samuel "Sammy" Burt am 26. Januar 2014
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Lured by the catchy title, I was rather disappointed by the text. My general impression: Henry Gee is overstating his case. We are an accidental species, because when life started some 4 billion years ago, it was not preordained that an intelligent naked ape called homo sapiens would some day roam this planet, conquer and change it the way we do. As the late Stephen Jay Gould said: Rewind the tape of life, start it again and things could turn out very differently. In this sense we are accidental. Our lineage is full of accidents.

But that's not the message of Henry Gee. It seemed to me that he has some kind of axe to grind with people who think that (a) humans are special or even (b) humans are the pinnacle of evolution. While "pinnacle" certainly is too strong a statement, I do think that humans are special. But Gee takes great pains to show that nothing, really nothing of what humans are proud of is special. Technology? His definition is so broad that it is bound to cover everything : "These things we create outside our bodies that allow us to do hings we could not have done unaided". Therefore almost any creature that produces something outside its body is creating and using technology. What about Language? Basically not different from the songs of whales or the dances of bees. Intelligence? Don't forget the clever crows!
And so it goes on. Once you got his point the book is rather boring, because he keeps coming back to his leitmotiv again and again. Humans are some kind of big mammals, and that's it.

Well, I remain unconvinced. Modern Humans are special. It's obvious (maybe not p.c. to say so).
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Insgesamt habe ich das Buch mit Gewinn gelesen. Es stellt viele Aspekte der Evolution des Lebens in den Vordergrund, die in zahlreichen Abhandlungen nur eine untergeordnete Rolle spielen. Dazu gehört beispielsweise der zwischen verschiedenen Arten vorzufindende Mutualismus, in dessen Verlauf gegebenenfalls Spezialisierungen mit dem Verlust von vormaligen Fähigkeiten einhergehen. Ganz entsprechend gehörte das Kapitel 3 "Losing It" für mich zu den stärksten des gesamten Buches.

Das gleiche gilt für die Einschätzung des Autors zur Bedeutung der Fossilien und sogenannter "Missing Links". Selbstverständlich haben und hatten die Fossilien eine große Bedeutung für das Verständnis der Evolution. Beispielsweise können wir heute nur aufgrund der gefundenen Fossilien wissen, dass es T-Rex einmal gab und in welcher erdgeschichtlichen Epoche er gelebt hat. Die Evolution an sich ist aber längst eine solche Tatsache, dass die oftmals geforderten Missing Links (bzw. das Schließen angeblicher "Fossillücken") für die Validation der Evolution nicht mehr zwingend benötigt werden.

Interessant fand ich auch seine Auslassungen über die Interpretierbarkeit vieler Fossil-Funde. Oft scheint man aus einer kleinen Schädeldecke und ein paar weiteren Knochen "kreativ" eine ganz neue Spezies zu konstruieren. Vieles von dem, was er schreibt, zeigt nur einmal mehr, dass Wissenschaft von Wissenschaftlern betrieben wird, die eigene Interessen (und den eigenen Erfolg) verfolgen. Wie auch immer: Das Kapitel 4 "The Beowulf Effekt" gehörte für mich ebenfalls zu den stärksten des Buches.
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Highly approachable, putting evolution and the fossil record into context 9. November 2013
Von Brian Clegg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is one the best popular science books of the year, so I feel a touch of regret that it has been published by an academic press. Don't get me wrong, Chicago University Press has done an excellent job with it - the book is a thing of beauty - but there are two ways this can get in the way of a wide readership. One is that people might be put off because academic books tend to be stuffy and dull. This one isn't. And secondly because it is rather expensive.

I'd love to see this book as a mass market paperback because I want lots of people to read it. In fact I'd go so far as to say that a copy should be given to every 16-year-old. Not because it's aimed at younger readers, but because this is the best book I've ever read for putting evolution into perspective, and for giving a real understanding of the nature of the fossil record and what it can and can't tell us, not to mention explaining the power and limitations of science.

Henry Gee shows eloquently why the concept of a `missing link', while attractive to journalists, is just wrong - along with those popular drawings that have an apparent evolutionary progression from an ape-like creature, through a cave man, to a modern person. With the enthusiasm of someone who knows his bones firsthand, Gee tells us about what we do know from fossil remains, particularly in early and pre-humans, but also about the huge gaps. He explains clearly and precisely just what evolution is - and what it isn't. And he gives short shrift to creationists who have in the past quote-mined his books to give `evidence' of how `even evolutionists' say that evolution is wrong. As Gee makes clear, evolution is inevitable, not wrong, it is just when we misunderstand its nature or try to read more into the fossil record than it can tell us that we can misuse evolution.

There is only one aspect of the book that I disagree with. Gee spends the last few chapters picking out characteristics that you might think of as unique to human beings and showing that there are other animals with these characteristics. His aim is to show that humans are not special. His reason for doing this is good. He wants to emphasise how we make a mistake if we think in some sense that humans are the `pinnacle' of evolution or that evolution has been in some way directed to create better and better creatures, ending up with us. As he demonstrates very clearly in the rest of the book, this is a total misunderstanding of the nature of evolution. And there is plenty of fascinating stuff about animal abilities. But I do think he throws the baby out with the bathwater here, as humans very clearly are special.

I think there are two ways the book gets this wrong. One is to assume that `special' means `unique' - which it doesn't. So, for instance, he argues that our technology doesn't make us special as some animals and birds make use of tools, for instance using a stick to poke into a hole to get to insects. But this is a very limited way of looking at things. I can run, but that doesn't stop Usain Bolt being special. I can pick out a tune on a keyboard with one finger, but that doesn't stop a great concert pianist from being special. In almost every comparison made, human beings are orders of magnitude different from every comparator, and as such certainly are special.

I would also say there are clear examples where humans have done things that goes beyond their built-in biological capabilities that no other organism can do. What other species can build technology that requires an understanding of quantum theory to design it? Or see something happening on the other side of the world, or billions of light years out in space? Or enjoy stories written by someone they've never met and make use of the thoughts of a member of their species who died hundreds of years ago? Or decide to take a trip to the Moon and make it happen? Humans are both unique and special. Not the pinnacle. Not the last word, or a target - but special nonetheless.

I don't find this disagreement a problem, because this is the sort of book that provokes thought and that should inspire discussion and debate. And even without those last few chapters this is an excellent piece of popular science writing. You may think there was nothing more to say about evolution, but The Accidental Species proves that there is - and wonderful stuff it is.
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Henry Gee is overstating his case 26. Januar 2014
Von Samuel "Sammy" Burt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Lured by the catchy title, I was rather disappointed by the text. My general impression: Henry Gee is overstating his case. We are an accidental species, because when life started some 4 billion years ago, it was not preordained that an intelligent naked ape called homo sapiens would some day roam this planet, conquer and change it the way we do. As the late Stephen Jay Gould said: Rewind the tape of life, start it again and things could turn out very differently. In this sense we are accidental. Our lineage is full of accidents.

But that's not the message of Henry Gee. It seemed to me that he has some kind of axe to grind with people who think that (a) humans are special or even (b) humans are the pinnacle of evolution. While "pinnacle" certainly is too strong a statement, I do think that humans are special. But Gee takes great pains to show that nothing, really nothing of what humans are proud of is special. Technology? His definition is so broad that it is bound to cover everything : "These things we create outside our bodies that allow us to do hings we could not have done unaided". Therefore almost any creature that produces something outside its body is creating and using technology. What about Language? Basically not different from the songs of whales or the dances of bees. Intelligence? Don't forget the clever crows!
And so it goes on. Once you got his point the book is rather boring, because he keeps coming back to his leitmotiv again and again. Humans are some kind of big mammals, and that's it. Henry Gee's theory is a night where all cats are grey. It's as if I'd say that Albert Einstein wasn't special because he had two arms, two legs, a nose.... like everybody else. It's true but boring.

Well, I remain unconvinced. Modern Humans are special. It's obvious (maybe not p.c. to say so). Here are some examples: We are by far the most versatile species, making a living in almost every habitat this planet offers, from seashore to mountains, from the desert to the jungle. We have changed our environment no other species has done before (for the best and the worst, we are the World Champions in "niche construction"). We are the only species that asks questions like "Where do we come from?". We are the only living beings that can understand its place in the universe: no clever chimp knows that he is a chimp, related to gorillas and even linked to the fruit he is munching. No other animal is able to turn against its "selfish genes" by using contraceptives or freely deciding not to have sex.

Gee may be right that no single faculty of humans is special in itself. But he does never discuss the possibility that it is maybe the combination of faculties that triggered the Great Leap Forward some forty thousand years ago: Intelligence plus eye-hand coordination plus ultra-sociality plus language plus shared attention (see Tomasello) may be the recipe of human uniqueness and stunning success.
To me the two ideas are not mutually exclusive: we are special, but this being special came about accidentally. What could be wrong with this nuanced point of view?
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We're All In This Together... 6. Dezember 2013
Von Richard Sutton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I grew up in the fifties, and by the time I'd gotten into high school, I was already well aware of the ubiquitous artist's timeline rendering of the human march of evolution, left to right: amphibian emerging from the slime at the left, to proudly march at the far right in almost naked glory as a recognizable man. The Crown of Creation.

Taking that incredibly self-absorbed view to task is the nature of Henry Gee's astounding and brilliant treatise, The Accidental Species. This is a book, destined for readers of a scientific bent, to be sure, but it is also at times very, very funny and almost spiritual in its evocation of the interlinked family of all living things.

Recent anthropological discoveries and recovered fossil evidence has supported Dr. Gee's position that Charles Darwin's work has been misapplied and misunderstood categorically by science and education for a very long time. The specific area he addresses is the evolution of man, which now appears to resemble less the time-honored timeline rendering, and more the tangled branches of a growing tree. He often refers to Darwin's depiction of evolution, not as a single plane of ordered existence, but more, "A tangled bank", where many lives evolve according to their own needs, simultaneously and continuously visible and invisible. It leaves a much muddier, more complex model than the one I was taught from.

Henry Gee, an editor at Nature magazine, has written about his facility with new information, often receiving word of a discovery or a data model long before its publication to the community at large. He has a solid track record of sorting those findings which are critically important from those that simply add to the body of data. Here, he uses that skill well, in detailing all the most prevalent arguments used by scientists, educators and even theologians, to assign man to the top step of evolution. He thoroughly debunks each of these systematically, leaving me with a much better understanding of just how far the relation of observer to observed has skewed our thinking regarding evolution and life. He also carefully documents and footnotes his many references for further study, which I appreciated.

Finally, it's his sense of humor throughout, which illustrates best of all, the human desire to perceive complete patterns, to create a story from every situation - whether or not the resulting story is actually whole, or even close to reality. I can recommend The Accidental Species, unreservedly, to anyone, scientist or layman, who has an interest in life. Especially an interest in what makes us human and how we got here. If you can put your preconceptions on the side for a while, you'll come away with a much deeper grasp of our place in the world. Closing this I felt a renewed connection with all my relatives - whether two legs, four legs, wings, fins or no legs at all - we're all in this together.
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Read It but Read It Critically 7. Januar 2014
Von John - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For readers interested in evolution, this is a necessary book because it contains hard science analysis of the facts and not "stories" (the author's word) we like to create to embellish our own thinking. However, I think the author is guilty many times throughout the book by speculating about "stories" of his own biases such as on page 143 when he speculates that going through menopause allows a mother to be better able to assist the reproduction of her daughters." Another example of his own bias is when he equates 'sentience with self-awareness with consciousness." Sentience occurs wthout self-awareness. I do recommend the book but read it critically.
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Irritating and oddly irrational thinking 3. Februar 2014
Von Rich at the pond - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author's goal is laudable: explain the error in the thought that evolution is somehow directed every onwards and upwards to creating ever-better species, finally arriving at humans. But the analysis goes beyond overboard into plain irrationality. For example, chapter 10 is devoted to explaining why human speech really isn't a special capability of humans in the animal kingdom. True, much speech is pretty similar to what the author nicely compares to 'social grooming' among social animals. But then there's a painful leap where the author says, in effect, that if we ignore the unique and remarkable capabilities of sophisticated speech that go beyond such 'social grooming' then there's nothing special about human speech. Well, duh! This absurd overreaching to dethrone evolution undermines the author's argument and makes the book more annoying than informative.

It's one thing to try make it clear that evolution isn't directed at creating some sort of perfection, particularly us. It's quite another thing to try to make it sound as if evolution in its random and unguided marvel hasn't led to amazing sophistication of biochemistry, neurology, body plans, and whatever else we observe with wonder and delight in the world around us. Overall, I felt I'd wasted my time reading this one.

That said, the overview in chapter 5 of the problems with the fossil record of paleontology, and the misuse of the ultimately very limited data in reaching far too grand conclusions, was informative and welcome.
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