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NEW Beast or Angel? Choices Make Us Human Dubos Sociology Philosophy Hardcover

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381761043717 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! Beast or Angel? Choices that Make Us Human by Rene Dubos. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 226 pages. Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons; (1974). The proposition that human anatomy, physiology, and behavior are based on man’s animal nature has been amply remonstrated. This unquestionable fact, however, provides no insight into the obvious differences between humankind and animalkind, or the multiple and fluid patterns of organization that make human societies qualitatively different than animal societies. The human species differs from animal species, not in its biological characteristics, but by what it does and thinks. It has arrived at its present status by developing, socially, behavioral patterns and spiritual aspirations that transcend animal life. The progressive replacement of the instinctive reasons which govern animal life by the creative responses which are typically human has always involved conscious choices and decisions. Many of these have been painful, but through them humanity has progressively emerged from animality. Although human beings have great latitude in changing their ways of life and their environments, their civilizations are viable only to the extent that they are compatible with the constraints imposed by human nature and external nature. The range of potentialities is so broad, however, that these limitations leave room for much creativity. Furthermore, human beings do not submit passively to the influences of the environment; they search for the conditions they think most suitable for what they want to be or to do. Even more commonly they create such conditions if they do not find them in their surroundings. Human beings have thus been able to constantly renew their civilizations through adaptive responses to surroundings and events. In this book the author emphasizes our ability and proneness to search for the conditions and environments that favor the realization of our dreams. The human species always retains a subconscious memory of the biological and social conditions under which it acquired its identity during the Stone Age. These conditions correspond to the biological paradise man has lost and they determine to a large extent the criteria by which we try to design our ways of life and environments. But whereas the past inevitably influences what we think and do, it does not shape the future. Unlike animals we are not prisoners of evolutionary trends. Individual human beings and whole civilizations can retrace their steps and change their course to start on new ventures. Indeed, human beings have often managed to develop entirely novel formulas out of apparently hopeless situations. Whatever the circumstances, the human mind can select among the conditions and materials available in the environment, organize these into new humanized forms, and thus act as the catalytic agent in an endless process of creation. CONDITION: Slight shelfwear, agespots on dust jacket, otherwise very good. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: Describes the differences between humans and other animal species, not by the obvious biological characteristics, but by what we do and think. The author emphasizes our ability and proneness to search for the conditions and environments that favor the realization of our dreams. Dubos won the Pulitzer Prize winner for his "So Human An Animal". An American bacteriologist, after earning his Ph.D. at Rutgers in 1927, he joined the Rockefeller Institute and eventually became professor there in 1957. While researching the properties of soil bacteria he isolated, in crystalline form, the antibiotic gramicidin. This work laid the basis of a new field of chemotherapy. A prolific writer, his books include “Reason Awake: Science for Man”, “Man Adapting”, and “Celebrations of Life”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: The proposition that human anatomy, physiology, and behavior are based on man's animal nature has been amply demonstrated. This unquestionable fact, however, provides no insight into the obvious differences between humankind and animalkind. This book explores that question. Well written and very highly recommended. READER REVIEW: In the book Dr. Dubos considers human transformation from beast into man and discusses how man can be further transformed. His conclusions include that early humans were not the savage naked apes so often stated as fact. Rather, the traits of altruism, love, cooperation and esthetic sensitivity are part of human nature when free will and moral judgment are not impaired. "Humans are not enslaved to genes or hormones or even to social and environmental factors. The continual process of self-creation is both the task and the reward of humankind." I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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