Table of Contents
Introduction: Human Nature: A Hot Spot for Storytelling, Fake News and Speculation
Chapter 1. Origins of Mankind; Human Lineages and Archaic Adaptive Introgression
Chapter 2. Human Diversity; Taxonomical and Medical Implications
Chapter 3. Darwinian Medicine: Reinventing the Wheel?
Chapter 4. Brain Genes, Cognition, Psychiatry and Genetics
Chapter 5. Scientific and Ethical Views on Discriminative Thoughts: Science and Politics
Chapter 6. Science and Religion: Is the Dialogue Possible?
Chapter 7. Non-Scientific Accounts: Creationism and Intelligent Design
Conclusion: Sorting Out Well-Supported From (I) Still Speculative and (Ii) Misleading, Erroneous Knowledge
About the Authors
The potential readers will include professional scientists (biology and human sciences), professors, teachers, students and the educated public in general.
Since the book addresses key questions related to human nature and current hot debates on it, it will be of high interest to journalists, thinkers, philosophers, politicians, religious people. The relevance to these people is made stronger by the fact that the book provides efficient intellectual tools to fight against intolerant thoughts.
The book can be of specific interest to teachers, since it provides quite updated knowledge about man’s evolution, origin, geographical variation, cognition. It can be used for teaching in prehistory, genetics, psychiatry. However, it is not designed as a school textbook.
Here are some potential uses:
Medical practice: medical doctors will be easily informed about the progresses in human genetic susceptibility to diseases.
Research: psychiatrists and psychoanalysts will know what the recent research is on brain genes and cognition. Prehistorians will be informed about the recent progresses in paleo-DNA analysis and in recent discoveries of new fossils. They will know the specific problems raised by the definition of paleo-species. Population geneticists and evolutionists will know about the most recent research in the genetic characterization of human populations. Specialists in human science, as well as politicians, will see the connection between religion, biology, human sciences, political science.
Teaching and learning: teachers and professors will see clearly, in the wealth of data dealing with human nature, what is strongly supported and therefore, ready for teaching.
Human nature, evolution, prehistory, biology, religion, politics