The Wild Life of Our Bodies

The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

Book - 2011
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"Anextraordinary book.... With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition." --EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health,our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies--a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationshipsthat exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpinhumanity's ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers ofMichael Pollan's TheOmnivore's Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn's powerful, lucid explorationof the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061806483
Characteristics: xiv, 290 p. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 02, 2016

An engaging, clear, and pleasurable read, especially considering that it was written by a professor rather than a science writer. Some of the references to chapter 14 are worth checking out judged solely on the basis of their titles: "Pathogens, Personality and Culture: Disease prevalence predicts worldwide variability in sociosexuality, extraversion, and openness to experience", "Mere visual perception of other people's disease symptoms facilitates a more aggressive immune response", and "Prejudicial attitudes toward older adults may be exaggerated when people feel vulnerable to infectious disease: evidence and implications".

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Leynia
Sep 17, 2012

Good book!

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