Children of Prometheus

Children of Prometheus

The Accelerating Pace of Human Evolution

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A biologist suggests the many ways, both visible and obscured, in which humans continue to evolve at an ever-increasing rate to meet the demands of an ever-changing environment, and predicts the effects of technological advances on evolution

Perseus Publishing
"Are we still evolving? Scientists have grappled with this question since the time of Darwin. Now, in this provocative book, biologist Christopher Wills argues that we are not only continuing to evolve"

Are we still evolving? Scientists have grappled with this question since the time of Darwin. Now, in this provocative book, biologist Christopher Wills argues that we are not only continuing to evolve but that our pace of change is accelerating. He examines the rapid, short-term evolutionary change taking place in people living at the earth’s extremes (even as babies, Tibetans can draw in more oxygen than lowlanders), and the new physiology of those who participate in extreme sports. But the more we shape our environment, the more it seems to shape us: Whether the future has us wiring our brains into vast electronic databases, or popping “smart drugs” that alter the brain’s very biochemical structure, new environmental pressures are speeding up our evolution in ways that we cannot now predict but that will help us to survive the future.


Book News
Wills (biology, U. of California-San Diego) argues that human are evolving faster rather than slower than they used to, at least partly because of the changes they themselves have made in their environment. He describes harsh climates in Tibet, new diseases in Africa, stress in the British civil service, and other causes as spurs to rapid adaptation. Pbk. edition (0168-5) $15. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A biologist suggests the many ways, both visible and obscured, in which humans continue to evolve at an ever-increasing rate to meet the demands of an ever-changing environment, and predicts the effects of technological advances on evolution.

Publisher: Reading, Massachusetts : Perseus Books, 1998
Description: ix, 310 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780738200033
0738200034
Branch Call Number: 599.938 Wil

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