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Nature of Humanity. A Personal View. Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Michael Shermer (2006).

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Nature of humanity

Nature of Humanity

A Personal View


Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

Michael Shermer (2006)


Mt dna primate tree
Mt-DNA Primate Tree because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.


Our living sisters
Our Living Sisters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

Pan

Gorilla

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html


Australopithecus species
Australopithecus species because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

Genus now designated Paranthropus

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/afarensis/afarensis-a.html


Homo species
Homo species because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/timeline.html


http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/africanus/africanus-a.html


Features that distinguish our species from other apes
Features that distinguish our species from other apes because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

  • Bipedal Locomotion




Features that distinguish our species from other apes1
Features that distinguish our species from other apes Strait. 2001. Origin of human

  • Neoteny

    • Nakedness

    • Large Brain Size

    • Reduced Dentition


The neotenic ape
The Neotenic Ape Strait. 2001. Origin of human


Features that distinguish our species from other apes2
Features that distinguish our species from other apes Strait. 2001. Origin of human

  • Vocal Communication



Humans are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them ‘round to dinner.Hitchhiker’s Guideto the Galaxy.

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Paintings of lascaux
Paintings of Lascaux them ‘round to dinner.

http://www.culture.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/



http://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.htmlhttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html


Nikos Kasantzakishttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html

Zorba the Greek

http://www.ffolio.com/abarchive/film/zorba.html


Agincourt song
Agincourt Songhttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html

http://battlefieldvacations.com/france/aginco.htm


God Save the Queenhttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.htmlGod save our gracious Queen,Long live our noble Queen,God save the Queen!Send her victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us,God save the Queen!

http://www.emulateme.com/anthems/unitedkingtexte.htm


Mozart s le nozze di figaro premiered may 1 1786 in vienna
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figarohttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html(Premiered May 1, 1786 in Vienna)

http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/mozart.html


Sgt pepper
Sgt. Pepperhttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html


Richard dawkins
Richard Dawkinshttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html

A meme is … anything that infects itself from brain to brain.

Dawkins. 1998. Unweaving the Rainbow.


Written language
Written Languagehttp://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html

http://www.gutenberg.de/english/erfindun.htm


Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

-Genesis 2:7

http://prodigi.bl.uk/gutenbg/background.asp


Rig veda
Rig-Veda breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://phoenicia.org/rigveda.html


Ovid s metamorphoses
Ovid’s Metamorphoses breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://larryavisbrown.homestead.com/files/xeno.ovid1.htm


Assyro babylonian cuneiform 7 000 years ago
Assyro-Babylonian cuneiform >7,000 years ago breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://www.upenn.edu/museum/Games/cuneiform.html


Rubaiyat of omar khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The moving finger writes;

and having writ,

Moves on: nor all your

Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel

half a Line,

Nor all your Tears wash

out a Word of it.

-LXXI

http://www.okonlife.com/pics/index.htm


http://www.twainquotes.com/ breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.


Stephen jay gould
Stephen Jay Gould breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again.

http://www.annonline.com/interviews/961009/biography.html


What a piece of work is man
What a piece of work is man. breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://www.chemicool.com/Shakespeare/


Tycho's Supernova Remnant in X-ray breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960623.html


Footprints at laetoli
Footprints at Laetoli breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

http://www.humanevolution.f2s.com/laetolifoot.html


Loren eiseley
Loren Eiseley breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there. — Loren Eiseley

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4189/


E o wilson
E. O. Wilson breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The human species can change its own nature. What will it choose?

Wilson. 1978. On Human Nature.


H g wells
H. G. Wells breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.

Wells. 1902. The Discovery of the Future. Nature 65 (326).

http://www.rdg.ac.uk/~lhsjamse/wells/wells.htm




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