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Mmon ancestor that lived in africa six million years ago in that time a number of fast and violent climactic changes provided the context and impetus for human evolution cser filesarolookseviewsalvin william h a brain for all seasonsdocWilliam H CalvinJune 29th 2003A Brain for all SeasonsA challenging attempt at an overview of how the human brain and climate change interacted
to make us what we are This book has any fascinating facts and interesting interpretations Sometimes one wishes the make us what we are This book has any fascinating facts and interesting interpretations Sometimes one wishes the were longer and in detail but there wishes the book were longer and in detail but there a bibliography which I will work throughMany of the theories are contentious and Calvin enerally makes sure the reader is aware of the difference between fact and fiction unlike many of the TV shows one sees nowadaysThe earlier parts of the book covering prehistory are fascinating The last couple of chapters covering the present are scary probably very appropriate and incredibly interventionist in attitude to climate changeCalvin basically starts from the premise that we have irreversible changed the climate and environment He agrees that we should try to limit the damage but argues that there is never was a stable climate or environment in the past and that there never will be one on the futureHis proposals for intervention dams in the arctic blowing up ice barriers and so on may sound extreme but if his is right and humankind has developed in one of the most stable periods of the Earth s climatic history violent climate change is inevitable whether provoked by human intervention or caused by the same forces what caused climate change on a vast scale before man was aroundAnd violent climate change is something we should be modest about realise we will have very little control over it and do the best to survive The scary bit is how ugly survival will be The War for Oil theorists would say we have an example of it already I don t have the information to judge but certainly might is right has not vanished as a ruling principleA Brain for all SeasonsOctober 2004This book which I probably read last year the beginning of this year was consumed by the Reformation has me making notes all over the placeCalvin s thesis is that climate change both local and Blood Runs Green global is a trigger for evolution is fascinating and credible His wri. Earth's climate In this uniue travelogue William H Calvin takes us around thelobe and back in time showing us how such cycles of cool crash and burn provided the impetus ,
Ting style is perhaps not the Charting an Empire greatest and the travelogue is not my favourite vehicle for presenting scientific theory but for all that I enjoyed the bookreatlycser filesarolookseviewsalvin william h a brain for all seasonsdocI still want to do a project with a visual map of the world evolving over time with continents climate information and micro events that are documented all available at the click of a mouseI did even Colored Property go as far as to start collecting data If time permits I will do M Calvin earns his living as an academic and presents a strong case for his theories some of which are very perceptive and simple In the end however I think he is somewhat arrogant and possibly dangerous with his ideas for reducing the damage caused bylobal warming His simplistic interventionist solutions could only to well appeal to someone like George W Bush and lead to an ecological disaster as a half thought through version is poorly implemented and executedI won t spoil the fun by telling you what they are read the book learn on the way and to retain your sense of modesty Desire and Truth go and visit a cave with old stalactites with aeologist and have them run through the history of the world and climate as told by the minerals deposited by the drops of water I really had the world and climate as told by the minerals deposited by the drops of water I really had lot of high hopes for this book but frankly I found it rather agonizing to read which I think has a lot to do with the authors writing style Don t The Exiles Gallery get me wrong some parts are incredibly interesting when you hack through the confusion When he starts talking about heating and cooling events it just turns into aobbledygook of date references that in my opinion lack coherence A really reat look at how historically climate change has affected human evolution Gives a background For Both Evolution And Climate both evolution and climate Makes predictions for the future without overly alarmist He is also a proponent of the auatic ape theory of evoultion it makes me happy to see this idea taking root in scientific explantions of human evolution the book started off about evolution and its relation to climate change and that I found interesting towards the end the author explains the ocean currents and what brings about the ice age which is also interesting but it just dragged I was bored reading the last chapters. Or enormous increases in the intelligence and complexity of human beings and warning us of human activities that could trigger similarly massive shifts in the planet's clima.
William H. Calvin ↠ 0 downloadIt took me an unreasonably long time to et into this book mostly because of the format Each chapter was topped with a header like that of an email sent to Human Evolution E Seminar and listing the latitude and longitude of the author s location on some worldwide tour of important sites in human evolution There was nothing on the flaps or in the introduction about this being an e seminar Was Was the author really teaching a class Really on a worldwide tour of paleontology and archaeology Or was it worldwide tour of paleontology and archaeology Or was it all conceit to structure the book If so why Because it was dead annoying It was already enough that the author assumed a familiarity with both the history of human evolution its prevalent theories
and climate jargonclimate jargon the layer of this e seminar just made me me vaguely anxious like somehow I d signed up for a class without having taken the prereuisites and that there was Childerley going to be trouble come midterm timeWhich is a shame because there was a lot of fascinating content once the rest was sifted through I came away with three main ideas One was that a main reason that human evolution occurred so uickly was thanks to many repeated boom bust cycles caused by abrupt and extreme climate change flip flops the second was an extended argument abou the nature of a widespread and long used artifact from human tool production history and then the final third or so is devoted to discussing possible mechanisms for abrupt climate flip flops and the evidence for thoseThat last idea is why I bought the book and it didn t disappoint Though now I m very curious about how this idea has aged this book was published 2002 and what the current thinking on the topic is I need to read about climate I really like Calvin as a writer He comes across as humble and personable which makes it much easier to read complex materialHe does areat job conveying im A uniue perspective on evolution and brain development with the rapid changes in weather being a driver This was a Cultural Excursions good primer on historical weather patternschange and indicates we could be in for some very tough times irrespective of our CO2 emissions Sort of a funky writing style collection of emails as he traveled thelobe or I would have rated it higher humans chimpanzees and bonobos are descended from a co. Winner of the 2002 Phi Beta Kappa Award in ScienceMankind has recently come to the shocking realization that our ancestors survived hundreds of abrupt and severe changes to.