Authors: Maciej Henneberg, Arthur Saniotis

The Dynamic Human

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-236-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-235-6 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810823561160101

Introduction

The natural world can be viewed as a continuously changing complex system comprising variable units that do not conform to any stable plan. Within this framework, human evolution is not the story of the past that created Homo sapiens and then handed this account over to written history. It is the ongoing process that shapes us now and will shape us in the future, body and mind. We must understand it in order to survive and be able to direct it to our advantage. The Dynamic Human presents a general theory of how humans function as a multi-individual system embedded in the natural world. The authors employ a unified approach of systems theory to outline forces that direct ongoing human evolution and produce its outcomes in terms of the past, present and future. Readers will find a perspective on the human place in nature, through a brief account of the past human evolution over 10 million years ago, a discussion of the earliest appearance of humans some 2 million years ago, and a description of the mechanisms of the changes in the gene pool of humans from generation-to-generation. Understanding the forces involved in these mechanisms (physical and mental growth and development) may allow us to understand human evolution better. The Dynamic Human presents a simplified perspective on human evolution for all readers interested in a discourse on the origins, nature and future of human beings.

Foreword

- Pp. i-ii (2)
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Preface

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Introduction: Our Place in Nature

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Origins: A Short History of a Long Journey

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The First Homo

- Pp. 9-16 (8)
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The Problem of Species and its Handling by Anthropologists

- Pp. 17-33 (17)
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The Phenomenon of Evolution

- Pp. 34-43 (10)
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Children & Teenagers

- Pp. 44-65 (22)
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Similar but Different

- Pp. 66-76 (11)
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Living with Allurement: How the Universe Realises Itself

- Pp. 77-101 (25)
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Other Ways of Knowing: Retrieving the Shaman in Us

- Pp. 102-138 (37)
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What of the Future? Getting Serious About the Brain and Cognitive Enhancement Technologies

- Pp. 139-159 (21)
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References

- Pp. 160-180 (21)
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Subject Index

- Pp. 181-182 (2)
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