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Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex by
Publication Date: 2000
Throughout the book Dreger indicates how this history can help us to understand present-day conceptualizations of sex, gender, and sexuality. In an epilogue, she discusses and questions the protocols employed today in the treatment of intersexuals (people born hermaphroditic). Given the history recounted, should these protocols be reconsidered and revised?
Publication Date: 2012
A comic journey into the ultimate land of whiteness by an unlikely band of African American adventurers. Jaynes is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe's only novel ; when he discovers a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe's fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, imagining it to be a key to his personal salvation.
Less Than Human by
Publication Date: 2012
Human beings have a tendency to regard members of their own kind as less than human. This tendency has made atrocities like the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, and the slave trade possible, and yet we still find it in phenomena such as xenophobia, homophobia, military propaganda, and racism. This book draws on a mix of history, psychology, biology, anthropology and philosophy to document the pervasiveness of dehumanization, describe its forms, and explain why we so often resort to it.
Publication Date: 2010
Inspirational and magical, this is the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.
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The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification by
Call Number: On Display QH83 .L42513 2006
Publication Date: 2007
Modern classification, based on phylogeny, no longer places humans at the center of nature. Groups of organisms are no longer defined by their general appearance, but by their different individual characteristics. Phylogeny, therefore, by showing common ancestry, outlines a tree of evolutionary relationships from which one can retrace the history of life. This book diagrams the tree of life according to the most recent methods of classification. Each branch of the tree is a group that includes the hypothetical ancestor and all its descendants. The basis for classification is the evolutionary adaptations that the unique ancestor passed to its modern-day descendants.
The Science of Describing: Natural History in Renaissance Europe by
Call Number: On Display Q127.E8 O45 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. This text reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists.
Species and Specificity by
Call Number: On Display QR182 .M39 1995
Publication Date: 1995
In the first hundred years of its history, immunology was mired in the problems of species and specificity both in research and in practice. The old botanical dispute about the nature of species, which has its roots in classical Western thought, reappeared in the late nineteenth century in the disputes of the bacteriologists, and subsequently of their students, the immunologists, immunochemists, and blood group geneticists. The argument centered on the question of unity and diversity. Proponents of unity insisted on the continuity of nature, while those of diversity emphasized the separation and definition of individual species.
What Is Special about the Human Brain? by
Call Number: On Display QP356.15 .P37 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The mental gap between man and ape is immense. As the brain is the organ of the mind, we must assume that throughout evolution there were changes in the brain that created this gap. This book is a search for those changes.
A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics by
Call Number: On Display QH540.4 .L56 1998
Publication Date: 1998
This is a wide-ranging and comprehensive dictionary for the study of natural history in its broadest sense.
Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science by
Call Number: On Display QH83 .Y66 2009
Publication Date: 2009
This surprising, untold story about the poetic and deeply human (cognitive) capacity to name the natural world illuminates science's limitations and the urgency of staying connected to the natural world by using familiar, rather than scientific, names.
Biological Systematics: The State of the Art by
Call Number: On Display QH83 .M655 1993
Publication Date: 1993
This book provides a critical overview of the state of the art in biological systematics and presents a broad perspective of the subject, covering its history, theory and practice. Biologists are often assumed to have a working knowledge and understanding of the principles and application of biological systematics, even though the subject is not taught consistently.
Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth by
Call Number: On Display QH83 .M36 1998
Publication Date: 1997
An all-inclusive catalogue of the world's living diversity, Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions, or phyla, of nature's five great kingdoms - bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants - using a modern classification scheme that is consistent with both the fossil record and molecular data. Generously illustrated and remarkably easy to follow, it not only allows readers to sample the full range of life forms inhabiting our planet but to familiarize themselves with the taxonomic theories by which all organisms' origins and distinctive characteristics are traced and classified.
A Theory of Race by
Call Number: On Display GN269 .G52 2009
Publication Date: 2008
Using both traditional philosophical tools and recent psychological research to investigate folk understandings of race, Glasgow argues that, as ordinarily conceived, race is an illusion. However, our pressing need to speak to and make sense of social life requires that we employ something like racial discourse.
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