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The Resource Turning points : how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development, Kostas Kampourakis

Turning points : how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development, Kostas Kampourakis

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Turning points : how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development
Title
Turning points
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how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development
Statement of responsibility
Kostas Kampourakis
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Language
eng
Summary
"An accessible introduction to core concepts in evolution for lay readers, which shows that random events have played a critical role in the development of life. Critical historical events--or "turning points"--have shaped evolution and continue to havea decisive effect on individual lives. This theme is explored and explained in this lucid, accessible book for lay readers. The author argues that, although evolution is the result of unpredictable events, these events have profound influences on subsequent developments. Life is thus a continuous interplay between unforeseeable events and their decisive consequences. As one example, the author cites the fusing of two chromosomes, which differentiated the human species from our closest animal relatives about 4 to 5 million years ago. This event was not predictable, but it had a profound effect on the evolution of our species thereafter. By the same token, certain unpredictable circumstances in the past enabled only Homo sapiens to survive to the present day, though we now know that other human-like species also once existed. The author contrasts such scientific concepts grounded in solid evidence with prevalent misconceptions about life: specifically, the religious notion that there is a plan and purposebehind life, the widespread perception that intelligent design governs the workings of nature, the persistent belief in destiny and fate, and the attribution of an overly deterministic role to genes. This excellent introduction for laypersons to core ideas in biology goes a long way toward dispelling such misconceptions and presents current scientific research in clearly understandable, jargon-free terms"--
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Kampourakis, Kostas
Dewey number
599.93/8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN281
LC item number
.K353 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Human evolution
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Science
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Turning points : how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development, Kostas Kampourakis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9781633883291
Lccn
2017037134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)986864081
Label
Turning points : how critical events have driven human evolution, life, and development, Kostas Kampourakis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9781633883291
Lccn
2017037134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)986864081

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