E–pub A Brain for All Seasons Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
Ating The last couple of chapters covering the A uniue
*perspective on evolution *on evolution brain development with the rapid changes in weather being a driver This was a 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 the globe or I would have rated it higher 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 It took me an unreasonably long time to get 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 Thesites in human evolution There was nothing on the or in the introduction about this being an e seminar Was it Was the author really teaching a class Really on a worldwide tour of paleontology and archaeology Or was it all some 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. Earth's climate In this uniue travelogue William H Calvin takes us around the globe and back in time showing us how such cycles of cool crash and burn provided the impetus .
review A Brain for All Seasons Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change.
Jargon Adding 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 going to be trouble come
midterm timeWhich is a shame because there was a lot of fascinating content once the rest wastimeWhich is a shame because there was a lot of fascinating content once the rest was 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 Flopschange flip flops 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 ANDabrupt climate flip flops and 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 had a 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 get me wrong some parts are humans chimpanzees and bonobos are descended from a common 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 evolutio. 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. ,
I really like Calvin as a writer He comes across as humble and personable which makes it much easier to read complex materialHe does a great job conveying important information in this book about human evolution and how that was shaped is shaped and May continue to be shaped by climate changeAs he tends to do he inserts important ethical messages and a call to action that cannot be ignored A really great look at how historically climate change has affected human evolution Gives a good
Background For Both Evolutionfor both evolution climate change Makes predictions for the future without being overly alarmist He is also a proponent of the auatic ape theory of evoultion it
Makes Me Happy To Seeme happy to see idea taking root in scientific explantions of 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 book were longer and in detail but there is a bibliography which I will work throughMany of the theories are contentious and Calvin generally 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 fascin. Winner shows one sees nowadaysThe earlier parts of the book covering prehistory are fascin. Winner 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. ,
William H. Calvin