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The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
von Robert Wright
  Taschenbuch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Point Of Genetics, 18. Mai 2000
Many reviewers seem to miss the point. A book like this introduces us to the idea that genetics has an operational purpose, and each side of the species (male and female) may have separate strategies to maximize advantage (but of course we also co-operate). Children raised in tough times do better with both parents being good parents. Genetics do not have politically correct agenda, they either motivate successful behaviors (meaning being passed into the future), or they do not go forward. If such dynamics favor Victorian methodologies, so be it (or not). This fascinating attempt to explore why we are the way we are is worth reading because it is thought provoking; Evolutionary Psychologists might just help us better manage our mutually shared existence (even if we have to stand up to our genetics, which is really his point regarding why the Victorians had some good ideas).


O Jerusalem
O Jerusalem
von Laurie R. King
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Rewarding Blend Of Fiction And Fact, 11. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: O Jerusalem (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I have now read all of her books (that I know of), this and her other series, and she is an extremely perceptive author. There is enough interplay of personalities and setting in this book to both entertain and inform (I checked on a few facts to confirm at least some of the content).


Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
von Gina Bari Kolata
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good overview of the disease and politics of epidemiology, 2. März 2000
The beginning adequately describes the lethality of this virus (how many times does one need to describe the deaths of hundreds per month). The rest of the book is a great overview of who did what, what could have gone wrong, what accidentally went right, what pressures exist for epidemiologists, why emergence leads to unplanned results, and more. A really scary statement is that in Russia lately, people have tried to acquire the Smallpox virus from cadavers in the permafrost. A very worthwhile read.


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