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Our unfinished biological revolution / Seymour W. Itzkoff.
Itzkoff, Seymour W.
Washington : Academica Press, 
492 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Our Unfinished Biological Revolution is a treatise aimed at a broad educated public that discusses the evolution of human intelligence: the the evolution of intelligence from the origin of life to our times. With the help of evolutionary theory, the book explains the nature of human intelligence as we know it today. Most importantly, it demonstrates that evolution led to the rise of what intelligence researchers call the general intelligence factor, a general ability that enables humans to plan ahead and solve problems that natural selection did not prepare them for; and (2) that humans vary in general intelligence (as with all traits shaped by Darwinian evolution) and hence in their propensity to think abstractly and anticipate long-term consequences of their actions. The book explores the social implications of these two facts in modern technological societies, in which intelligence plays an increasingly important role. Finally, Our Unfinished Biological Revolution notes that Homo sapiens sapiens' intelligence may be our best hope to solve the daunting problems of the present era-including population growth, the exhaustion of natural resources, and the rise of simplistic and devastating ideologies"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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