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In What Makes us Human? Charles Pasternak, an eminent Oxford scientist, asks some of the world's most brilliant thinkers to answer this perennial puzzle. Together they draw on a spectrum of disciplines including anthropology, biochemistry, philosophy, medicine, religion, and neuroscience, to consider what qualities separate man from monkey. Is it...
In What Makes us Human? Charles Pasternak, an eminent Oxford scientist, asks some of the world's most brilliant thinkers to answer this perennial puzzle. Together they draw on a spectrum of disciplines including anthropology, biochemistry, philosophy, medicine, religion, and neuroscience, to consider what qualities separate man from monkey. Is it our imagination or our ability to imitate others? Is it our knack for cooking or our perpetual curiosity? Is it because we are social, scientific, or spiritual? This thought-provoking collection provides an accessible look at the big questions researchers are grappling with today. Exploring the true nature of human nature, What Makes us Human? sheds new light on how and why our ancestors produced such clever, talented, and unlikely progeny. For all to enjoy.
Contributor Bio: Pasternak, Charles
Charles A. Pasternak is a biochemist and founding Director of the Oxford International Biomedical Centre. His previous academic experience has included research and teaching posts at the universities of Oxford, London (St George's Medical School), Yale and California (UCSD Medical School). While at St George's Medical School, he was founder and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, which he later expanded into the Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences.
Charles Pasternak is acclaimed for his pioneering work in membrane research and is a tireless promoter of international collaboration, working with UNESCO, IUBMB and universities worldwide. He is the author of a number of books and is editor-in-chief of a scientific journal. He has recently turned his attention to communicating scientific subjects to a broader readership.
Charles comes from a highly talented family. He is nephew of Boris Pasternak, author of "Doctor Zhivago," and grandson of Leonid Pasternak, the Russian Impressionist painter.
Contributor Bio: Blackmore, Susan
Susan Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her research interests include memes and the theory of memetics, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She is author of The Meme Machine, as well
as over seventy academic articles.
Contributor Bio: Dunbar, Robin
Robin Dunbar is Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool.
Contributor Bio: Oppenheimer, Stephen
Stephen Oppenheimer is a British physician who for most of the past two decades has extensively researched tropical disease in Asia. The author of numerous articles for medical and scientific journals, he has written one other book, Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Oxford.
Contributor Bio: Tattersall, Ian
Ian Tattersall is currently Curator in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Born in England and raised in East Africa, he has carried out both primatological and paleontological fieldwork in countries as diverse as Madagascar, Vietnam, Surinam, Yemen and Mauritius.