Category Archives: Evolution

Riffing on Themes from “The Sixth Extinction”

Jon Quitslund Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, published in 2014 and already available in paperback (New York: Picador, USD $16), has been celebrated among the best books of 2014.  It’s a serious and intellectually daunting work … Continue reading

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Earth Day Here, Now, Always

Jon Quitslund “On its anniversary, Earth Day is worth not just celebrating but also studying – as a story with political lessons.” This is the last sentence in a thought-provoking essay by Nicholas Lemann, “When the Earth Moved,” in The … Continue reading

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Is Altruism Sustainable?

Jon Quitslund “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” (Prov. 6:6) “Kin and Kind,” an article by Jonah Lehrer in The New Yorker for March 5, set me thinking about the contest in our culture … Continue reading

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