BOOKS RECEIVED:  Frank Uekotter and Uwe Lubken, eds., “Managing the Unknown: Essays on Environmental Ignorance” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books Information is crucial when it comes to the management of resources. But what if knowledge is incomplete, or biased, or otherwise deficient? How did people define patterns of proper use in the absence of cognitive… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Matthew Rampley, “The Seductions of Darwin: Art, Evolution, Neuroscience” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books The surge of evolutionary and neurological analyses of art and its effects raises questions of how art, culture, and the biological sciences influence one another, and what we gain in applying scientific methods to the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Calum MacKellar and Christopher Bechtel, eds., “The Ethics of the New Eugenics” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Strategies or decisions aimed at affecting, in a manner considered to be positive, the genetic heritage of a child in the context of human reproduction are increasingly being accepted in contemporary society. As a result, unnerving similarities between earlier selection… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas, eds., “Powerless Science?: Science and Politics in a Toxic World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
In spite of decades of research on toxicants, along with the growing role of scientific expertise in public policy and the unprecedented rise in the number of national and international institutions dealing with environmental health issues, problems surrounding contaminants and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Denham, Iriarte and  Vrydaghs, eds., “Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Although the need to study agriculture in different parts of the world on its own terms has long been recognized and re-affirmed, a tendency persists to evaluate agriculture across the globe using concepts, lines of evidence and methods derived from… Read More
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