evolution http://wamc.org en "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" http://wamc.org/post/third-chimpanzee-young-people-evolution-and-future-human-animal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?</p><p>With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, <a href="http://www.jareddiamond.org/Jared_Diamond/Welcome.html">Jared Diamond</a> intended his book, <em>The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal</em>, to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90796 at http://wamc.org "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" Dr. Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland - The Geometry of Life http://wamc.org/post/dr-jayanth-banavar-university-maryland-geometry-life <p>The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path.</p><p>Jayanth Banavar, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) at the University of Maryland, discusses how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 88400 at http://wamc.org Dr. Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland - The Geometry of Life Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA http://wamc.org/post/dr-victor-albert-university-buffalo-ancient-lineage-flower-dna <p>Studying the DNA of the ancient <em>Amborella </em>flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals.</p><p>The University at Buffalo's Dr. Victor Albert is looking deeply into the ancient origins of this <em>Amborella</em> and working to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87356 at http://wamc.org Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA "Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You" By Dan Riskin http://wamc.org/post/mother-nature-trying-kill-you-dan-riskin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (cohost of <a href="http://www.discovery.ca/Showpage.aspx?sid=13287">Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet</a>) explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. <em>In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You</em>, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless.</p><p>Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86562 at http://wamc.org "Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You" By Dan Riskin The Book Show #1338 - Elizabeth Kolbert http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1338-elizabeth-kolbert <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/elizabeth_kolbert/search?contributorName=elizabeth%20kolbert">New Yorker</a> staff writer and best-selling author Elizabeth Kolbert offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before us in her new book – <em>The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History</em>.</p><p>Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions – we’ll learn more about the sixth with Elizabeth Kolbert.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85282 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1338 - Elizabeth Kolbert "Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them" By Joshuar Greene http://wamc.org/post/moral-tribes-emotion-reason-and-gap-between-us-and-them-joshuar-greene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~jgreene/">Joshua Greene</a> is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University.</p><p>In his new book, <em>Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them</em>, he explores the underlying causes of modern conflict.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79964 at http://wamc.org "Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, And The Gap Between Us And Them" By Joshuar Greene "Between Man and Beast" by Monte Reel http://wamc.org/post/between-man-and-beast-monte-reel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mostly forgotten explorer Paul du </span>Chaillu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> introduced the world to gorillas. His methods were attacked and his work discredited during his lifetime, but he also experienced fame and redemption.</span></p><p>Author <a href="http://www.montereel.com/">Monte Reel</a> illuminates the little-known tale of the 19th century explorer in his new book Between <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385534221/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0385534221&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0385534221" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 63786 at http://wamc.org "Between Man and Beast" by Monte Reel "The Universe Within" by Neil Shubin http://wamc.org/post/universe-within-neil-shubin <p>In his last book, <em>Your Inner Fish</em>, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago.</p><p>Now, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are in his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307378438/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307378438">The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307378438" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 55544 at http://wamc.org "The Universe Within" by Neil Shubin "Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame" http://wamc.org/post/moral-origins-evolution-virtue-altruism-and-shame <p>We speak with Christopher Boehm about his book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465020488/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0465020488">Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0465020488" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /> </em>.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:10:10 +0000 Joe Donahue 41632 at http://wamc.org "Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame"