Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature

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April 2011



To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions, self-deceptions and thirst for knowledge right at the top.The unifying force holding these blocks together is evolutionary theory. Evolution provides a deeper understanding of human nature and, in particular, of the common roots of these different perspectives.To build a reliable and coherent model of man, leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy have joined forces to present essays  each describing their own expert perspective. Together they provide a convincing and complete picture of our own human nature.


Our Origins: How and Why We Do and Do Not Differ from Primates; Peter Kappeler.- Our Children: Parental Decisions - How Much to Invest in Your Offspring; Mary K. Shenk.- Our Social Roots: How Local Ecology Shapes our Social Structures; Ruth Mace.- Our Selections and Decisions: Inherent Features of the Nervous System?; Frank Rösler.- Our Gods: Variation in Supernatural Minds; Benjamin G. Purzycki and Richard Sosis.- Our Preferences: Why We Like What We Like; Karl Grammer and Elisabeth Oberzaucher.- Our Appetite for Information: Invented Environment, Non-Transparent Mind, and Evolved Preferences; Matthias Uhl.- Our Best Shot at Truth: Why Humans Evolved Mathematical Abilities; Niklas Krebs.- Our Way to Understand the World: Darwin's Controversial Inheritance; Michael Schmidt-Salomon.- Index.


Ulrich Frey (philosophy), Charlotte Störmer and Kai Willführ (biology) work in an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Giessen, applying evolutionary theory to a broad range of fields. The following authors contributed to the chapters of this book: Karl Grammer, Benjamin Grant Purzycki, Peter Kappeler, Niklas Krebs, Ruth Mace, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Frank Rösler, Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Mary K. Shenk, Richard Sosis and Matthias Uhl.

Gerald Gerlach:

1983, 1987 Diploma and doctoral degree in EE from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, respectively

R&D engineer in measuring devices industry

Since 1993 Professor for Microtechnology, since 1996 Professor for Solid State Electronics in EE department of TU Dresden

2001/02 Visiting professor at UCLA

Since 2002 Member of the Executive of VDE (German Association of Engineers in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Technology

since 2007 Chairperson of the German Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA)

Since 1996 Conference Chairman of the biannually organised International Conference "Infrared Sensors and Systems IRS2" in Nuremberg (in conjunction with the world's largest sensor exhibition "Sensor+Test")

2008 General Chairman of the Eurosensors XXII Conference, Dresden

Author and Co-author of some 280 scientific journal and international conference papers, holds 38 patents (8 more pending)

Karl-Friedrich Arndt:

1971 Diploma degree in physics from TU Dresden, 1975 PhD and 1982 Dr.rer.nat.habil from TH Merseburg (Physical Chemistry, Polymer Characterization);

post-doc: Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry Prague (1982/1983), Department of Physics University of Gdansk (1983, 1984, 1985),

Since 1990 full professor full of Physical Chemistry of Polymers at TU Dresden

Visiting professor at Philipps-Universität Marburg (1990) and at UABC Tijuana/Centro Graduados e Ivestigación de Tijuana, Mexico) (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006);

Author and Co-author of 150 peer-reviewed papers, about 100 conference papers, 3 text books on polymer characterization (Hanser), revision of "Dictionary of Chemistry and Chemical Technology" (Langenscheidt), holds 24 patents
EAN: 9783642139673
ISBN: 3642139671
Untertitel: 'The Frontiers Collection'. Auflage 2011. 16 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2011
Seitenanzahl: XIV
Format: gebunden
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