May 27, 2020
The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity's Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature
Posted by Reg Morrison

From famines and deforestation to water pollution, global warming, and the rapid rate of extinction of plants and animals the extent of the global damage wrought by humankind is staggering Why have we allowed our environment to reach such a crisis What produced the catastrophic population explosion that so taxes the earth s resources Reg Morrison s search for answers lFrom famines and deforestation to water pollution, global warming, and the rapid rate of extinction of plants and animals the extent of the global damage wrought by humankind is staggering Why have we allowed our environment to reach such a crisis What produced the catastrophic population explosion that so taxes the earth s resources Reg Morrison s search for answers led him to ponder our species astonishing evolutionary success His extraordinary book describes how a spiritual outlook combined with a capacity for rational thought have enabled Homo sapiens to prosper through the millennia It convincingly depicts these traits as part of our genetic makeup and as the likely cause of our ultimate downfall against the inexorable laws of nature The book will change the way readers think about human evolution and the fate of our species Small bands of apes walked erect on the dangerous plains of East Africa several million years ago Morrison marvels that they not only survived, but migrated to all corners of the earth and established civilizations To understand this feat, he takes us back to a critical moment when these hominids developed language and with it the unique ability to think abstractly He shows how at this same time they began to derive increasing advantage from their growing sense of spirituality He convincingly depicts spirituality as an evolutionary strategy that helped rescue our ancestors from extinction and drive the species toward global dominance Morrison concludes that this genetically productive spirituality, which has influenced every aspect of our lives, has led us to overpopulate the world and to devastate our own habitats Sobering, sometimes chilling, consistently fascinating, his book offers a startling new view of human adaptation running its natural course.

  • Title: The Spirit in the Gene: Humanity's Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature
  • Author: Reg Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780801436512
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Spirit in the Gene Humanity s Proud Illusion and the Laws of Nature From famines and deforestation to water pollution global warming and the rapid rate of extinction of plants and animals the extent of the global damage wrought by humankind is staggering Why have we

    Shannan

    This is the only book I ve read in its entirety in the book store I ve never seen it surface again as a physical item, but if you get a chance to start reading it, you too might not leave or you might actually buy it


    Bob Nichols

    N o animal displays human behavior, Morrison writes in his preface Quite the reverse Humans display only animal behavior Watch the action without the sound track and this truth becomes obvious He argues that the distinctively human part is not that we re special, but that we think we re immune from survival and reproductive imperatives He says that our rational mind serves these animal imperatives tribal, sexual, territorial , particularly through a language capacity that transforms these impera [...]


    Rob

    Highly recommended by Nate Hagens, best book he has ever read Gail Zawacki also speaks highly of the book.


    Daniel

    Very depressing Essentially, this book boils down to this We ve messed up the world and we cannot fix it.


    Stevie Smith

    One of the best books I ve ever read Certainly not encouraging, unless you feel that a post human world might heal and flourish once again The notion of modern humans as a plague species should be a no brainer to anyone paying serious attention Well, to put it mildly, this IS an interesting time to be alive, particularly to those of us who always wondered what a collapsing global empire looks like.



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