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The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

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ISBN 10: 1619493578 / ISBN 13: 9781619493575
Published by Darwin Press, 2013
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Title: The Descent of Man

Publisher: Darwin Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Darwin’s successor to his landmark On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man is notable for applying the naturalist’s thoughts on evolution and natural selection to human beings and speculating on our origins. Detailing his theories of sexual selection, evolutionary psychology, and evolutionary ethics, Darwin touches upon a variety of intriguing subjects, including ruminations on race, gender, and civilization. A stimulating read on the evolution of humanity’s most distinguished traits and faculties, The Descent of Man remains one of the most influential and controversial scientific treatises ever composed.

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Charles Darwin was born in England in 1809 and attended the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. When he decided against that vocation, he enrolled at Cambridge where he earned a degree in theology. During an expedition to Africa and South America, Darwin continued his studies in natural science and began writing about his theories of natural selection. His work led to the publication of On the Origin of Species, a book that changed the world.

Charles Darwin: Original Thinking
Each generation of students comes to Darwin's epoch-making works, several of which are the basis of our publishing program in biology and related fields: The Essential Darwin, 2006; The Descent of Man, 2010; The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, 2006; and On the Origin of the Species, 2006.

In the Author's Own Words:

"A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there."

"I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can."

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

"Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system — with all these exalted powers — Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." — Charles Darwin

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