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"Human Nature: Fact and Fiction" brings together a collection of inspiring, thought-provoking and original perspectives on human nature by ten leading writers, scientists and academics. What do we mean by 'human nature'? Is there a genetically determined core of humanity that unites us all as members of a single species? Or is the thing we call human nature a social construct? And how do we explain the mystery of human creativity? Do great writers have an intuitive grasp of what makes human beings tick, or are they merely the mouthpiece of contemporary culture? It has been claimed that 'the greatest enterprise of the mind has always been and always will be the attempted linkage of the sciences and humanities' (Edward O. Wilson). This groundbreaking book marks the beginning of a new dialogue between the two. Rather than focusing on the division between them, it shows that the sciences and humanities have much to learn from each other. Points of disagreement remain. Yet there is in this volume a genuine attempt to bridge the gulf that has traditionally separated the sciences and humanities and to reach a better understanding of what it means to be human. "Human Nature: Fact and Fiction" is a major new contribution to the debate on human nature, set to be required reading for anyone with a background in either the arts or the sciences who is interested in understanding what defines us as human beings - in what we are, and why.
.".. the book contains many sensitive and sensible little essays."--, "Financial Times "
|Foreword, AC Grayling|
|Is human nature written in our genes or in our books?|
|The biology of fiction|
|Literature, science and human nature|
|Can science and literature collaborate to define human nature?|
|Literature and evolution|
|Human nature: one for all and all for one?|
|What has biology got to do with the imagination?|
|The biology of the imagination: how the brain can both play with truth and survive a predator|
|Biology and imagination: The role of culture|
|The limits of imagination|
|Do we need a theory of human nature to tell us how to act?|
|Human nature or human difference?|
|What science can and cannot tell us about human nature|
|The cat, the chisel, and the grave|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Published: 30th March 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.308