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The Resource In light of our differences : how diversity in nature and culture makes us human, David Harmon

In light of our differences : how diversity in nature and culture makes us human, David Harmon

Label
In light of our differences : how diversity in nature and culture makes us human
Title
In light of our differences
Title remainder
how diversity in nature and culture makes us human
Statement of responsibility
David Harmon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Most scientists would agree that a sixth mass extinction is on the horizon unless radical changes are made in how Western society treats nature. At the same time, another extinction crisis is unfolding: the loss of many of the world's languages. More and more work in applied biology, anthropology, linguistics, and other related fields is now driven by the assumption that we are approaching a threshold of irreversible loss, that events during the next few decades will decide whether we cross over into a fundamentally changed and significantly diminished world. This lead to a very simple question that has not, until now, been answered satisfactorily: Why should anyone care?" "David Harmon takes a unique approach to answering this essential question by drawing on insights from conservation biology, evolutionary theory, linguistics, geography, psychology, philosophy, and ethics. His interconnected discussion explores the works of Voltaire, A.O. Lovejoy, Darwin, Wittgenstein, William James, Dobzhansky, and many other to explain why everyone must be concerned about the loss of diversity. When more and more elemental differences are erased from the natural world and human societies, the field of possible experience becomes more constricted and our essential humanity becomes jeopardized."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harmon, David
Dewey number
304.2
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN27
LC item number
.H345 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Biodiversity
  • Human ecology
  • Language attrition
  • Human beings
  • James, William
Label
In light of our differences : how diversity in nature and culture makes us human, David Harmon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Agriculture and the Decline of Variety
  • Extinction Rates: Measuring the Past, Predicting the Future
  • What is Cultural Diversity?
  • Globalization and Cultural Diversity
  • The Value of Cultural Diversity
  • Indicators of Cultural Diversity
  • Language: The Best Proxy
  • The History of Language Extinctions: Some Speculations
  • Prospects for Languages in the Coming Century
  • The Example of Manx
  • Voltaire's Solution
  • The Biocultural Presence
  • Species, Languages, and the Structure of Diversity
  • Similarities Between Species and Languages
  • Speciation and Language Genesis
  • Endemism in Species and Languages
  • Reasons for Decline
  • Assessing Diversity
  • Monothetic versus Polythetic Classification
  • Foundations of Polythetic Classification
  • Polythetic Classification: Recent Elaborations
  • Diversity, Globalization, and the Roots of Endangerment
  • Polythetic Groups as "Natural Kinds"
  • The Reality of Species and Languages
  • What We Do with Difference
  • Distilling Sameness from Difference: William James
  • Distilling Sameness from Difference: A Model
  • Diversity and Determinism
  • A Polythetic Universe
  • Loss of Diversity: Cognitive and Cultural Consequences
  • Our Evolutionary Inheritance
  • Diversity and the Human Identity
  • The Great Chain of Being and the Principle of Plenitude
  • The Romantic Transformation and Beyond
  • The Real Discovery of Diversity
  • The Converging Extinction Crises
  • Biodiversity as Scientific Concept and Rallying Cry
  • A Brief History of Biological Extinctions
Control code
49512702
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 224 pages
Isbn
9781588340665
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002021718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
In light of our differences : how diversity in nature and culture makes us human, David Harmon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Agriculture and the Decline of Variety
  • Extinction Rates: Measuring the Past, Predicting the Future
  • What is Cultural Diversity?
  • Globalization and Cultural Diversity
  • The Value of Cultural Diversity
  • Indicators of Cultural Diversity
  • Language: The Best Proxy
  • The History of Language Extinctions: Some Speculations
  • Prospects for Languages in the Coming Century
  • The Example of Manx
  • Voltaire's Solution
  • The Biocultural Presence
  • Species, Languages, and the Structure of Diversity
  • Similarities Between Species and Languages
  • Speciation and Language Genesis
  • Endemism in Species and Languages
  • Reasons for Decline
  • Assessing Diversity
  • Monothetic versus Polythetic Classification
  • Foundations of Polythetic Classification
  • Polythetic Classification: Recent Elaborations
  • Diversity, Globalization, and the Roots of Endangerment
  • Polythetic Groups as "Natural Kinds"
  • The Reality of Species and Languages
  • What We Do with Difference
  • Distilling Sameness from Difference: William James
  • Distilling Sameness from Difference: A Model
  • Diversity and Determinism
  • A Polythetic Universe
  • Loss of Diversity: Cognitive and Cultural Consequences
  • Our Evolutionary Inheritance
  • Diversity and the Human Identity
  • The Great Chain of Being and the Principle of Plenitude
  • The Romantic Transformation and Beyond
  • The Real Discovery of Diversity
  • The Converging Extinction Crises
  • Biodiversity as Scientific Concept and Rallying Cry
  • A Brief History of Biological Extinctions
Control code
49512702
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 224 pages
Isbn
9781588340665
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002021718
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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