The Meaning of Human Existence - Edward Osborne Wilson

In The Meaning of Human Existence (Liveright, $23.95) Edward O. Wilson starts at the beginning of it all; that is, somewhere between two to three million years ago, when the first homo habilis, our pre-human ancestors, banded together. He then retraces how that early move toward societies led, over the course of the next few million years, to changes in our cerebral cortex. The impact of communal life has been tremendous, Wilson declares, and he discusses individual and group selection within this template of social organization. His thesis, simply put, is that, “selfish members win within groups, but groups of altruists best groups of selfish members.” The two competing dynamics of natural selection—the good of the individual, and the good of the species—fostered the “genetic chimera” that we are today as creatures built of contradictions: endlessly creative, and at once the victims of selfishness and embodiments of ideals of honor and virtue. Wilson, one of our most accomplished and respected scientists, writes in an engaging, conversational tone. He explores the possibilities of the human mind and the importance of the group as well as considering the place of both in current value systems. This passionate little book presents the biological and evolutionary foundations of our genetic past as the key to understanding our beliefs, behavior, and future.

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ISBN: 9780871401007
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781631491146
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Published: Liveright - September 7th, 2015

A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps - Tom Harper, Tim Bryars

To use cartography to chart the many social, political, and technological changes of the twentieth century is a brilliant idea—and antiquarian map experts Tim Bryars and Tom Harper meet this challenge beautifully. Their engrossing survey of a turbulent era, A History of the Twentieth Century in 100 Maps (Chicago, $45), balances the art of mapmaking with an astute narrative sensibility and is both visually impressive and intellectually stimulating. Here’s the visual record of the London underground, troop deployment at the Somme, the Beatles’ touring map of Liverpool, immigration and land settlement in Palestine, and even a chronicle of the fall of Yugoslavia, with informative commentary. Bryars and Harper have also gathered maps scribbled on napkins, newspaper cartoon maps, street maps, tapestry maps, digital maps, and even literary maps (you won’t get lost in The Hundred Acre Wood or Middle Earth). While the scope is global, this survey tends to be Eurocentric (or perhaps Anglocentric; both authors are British); that said, this is a wonderful feast for history buffs as well as cartography aficionados.
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ISBN: 9780226202471
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2014

The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History - Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, Matt Lamothe, Kurt Andersen

Meet Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol’s mother. And this is Thomas A. Watson, the assistant to Alexander Graham Bell. And let’s not forget Vera Nabokov and Anna Dostoyevskaya, the wives of literary masters Vladimir Nabokov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, respectively. The Who, The What, and The When (Chronicle, $24.95) is both familiar and revelatory; for every well-known figure of science, art, and politics it names, editors Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe, partners in ALSO, an award-winning Chicago– and New York–based design firm, introduce that personage’s loved ones or assistants, and these engaging profiles allow us to see the famous personalities in a fresh and different light. Each capsule biography is complemented with a unique visual portrait—the artwork ranging in style, medium, and sensibility to reflect the diverse temperaments of the subjects—thus sustaining a sense of the wonder of discovery which makes this volume something refreshingly different.
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ISBN: 9781452128276
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

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