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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

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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)

our living sisters
Our Living Sisters

Pan

Gorilla

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

australopithecus species
Australopithecus species

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

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

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

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

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Figure 1 from Richmond, B. G., D. R. Begun, and D. S. Strait. 2001. Origin of human bipedalism: The knuckle-walking hypothesis revisited. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. 44:70-105.

features that distinguish our species from other apes1
Features that distinguish our species from other apes
  • Neoteny
    • Nakedness
    • Large Brain Size
    • Reduced Dentition
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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

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

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

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Nikos Kasantzakis

Zorba the Greek

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

agincourt song
Agincourt Song

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

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God Save the QueenGod 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 Figaro(Premiered May 1, 1786 in Vienna)

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

richard dawkins
Richard Dawkins

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

Dawkins. 1998. Unweaving the Rainbow.

written language
Written Language

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

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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

http://phoenicia.org/rigveda.html

ovid s metamorphoses
Ovid’s Metamorphoses

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

assyro babylonian cuneiform 7 000 years ago
Assyro-Babylonian cuneiform >7,000 years ago

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

rubaiyat of omar khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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

stephen jay gould
Stephen Jay Gould

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.

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

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Tycho\'s Supernova Remnant in X-ray

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

footprints at laetoli
Footprints at Laetoli

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

loren eiseley
Loren Eiseley

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

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

Wilson. 1978. On Human Nature.

h g wells
H. G. Wells

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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