Population Wars A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-11-08
  • Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin

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“A fascinating perspective on the age-old idea of Survival of the Fittest.” —LitReactor

Population Wars is a paradigm-shifting look at why humans behave the way they do and the ancient history that explains that behavior. In this eye-opening book, Greg Graffin points to where the mainstream view of evolutionary theory has led us astray. Through tales of mass extinctions, developing immune systems, human warfare, the American industrial heartland, and our degrading modern environment, Graffin demonstrates how that misunderstanding has allowed humans to justify war even when other solutions may be available. Along the way, he reveals a paradox: When we challenge conventional definitions of war, we are left with a new problem—how to define ourselves.

Author Biography

GREG GRAFFIN is the lead singer and a songwriter in Bad Religion. He obtained his Ph.D. in zoology at Cornell University and a masters in Geology from UCLA. He has lectured at UCLA and Cornell and with Steve Olson is the coauthor of Anarchy Evolution. He received the Bryan Patterson Prize from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Rushdie Prize from the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy, the American Humanist Association Arts Award, and the Sapio Prize from the International League of Non-Religious and Atheists. He travels regularly between the cities he considers home, Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding the Enemy
1. Persistence in the Face of Extinction
2. The Long History of Population Wars
3. The Meaning of Coexistence
4. The Context of Persistence, the Bacterial Dimension
5. The Symbiotic Dependency of Life, the Viral Dimension
6. Establishing a War Narrative for Populations, the Immune System
7. War Is Unwinnable
8. Competition Is Untenable
9. Know Thyself, Don’t Lie to Thyself
10. Evolution Management

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