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A call to infuse scientific knowledge into the human experience
Date:4/3/2008

question of How Should We Perceive Humanity in the Third Millennium is the focus for Part 3. Here, Carlson describes how we should integrate science more fully into our understanding of human nature and how, this in a practical way, this approach will enable us to celebrate our humanity and to lead more enriching and fulfilling lives on both the personal and global levels. According to Carlson, the biological contribution to our understanding of the human condition gives us the knowledge we need to engage in civilization without wrecking our environments or imperiling opportunities to use our talents.

Carlson has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and in the book, emphasizes the importance of how science is taught from grades K through 12 and during the first four years of college. Here, he advocates a closer relation of the world views of the liberal arts and the sciences so we can have better informed legislative representatives, better informed citizens, and a shift in priorities to give us a view of our humanity that is healthier, safer, more enlightened, and more thrilling to contemplate.

Neither Gods Nor Beasts will be of interest to professional scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and other academics, as well as lay persons who are interested in human nature, ethics, our perceptions of ourselves, and the distinction between science and the supernatural.


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