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Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us about the Destiny of the Human Species

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Title: Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us about the Destiny of the Human Species
Author: Dunn, Rob
ISBN: 9781541619302
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 2021
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: New
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"An arresting vision of this relentless natural world"--New York Times Book Review

A leading ecologist argues that if humankind is to survive on a fragile planet, we must understand and obey its iron laws

Our species has amassed unprecedented knowledge of nature, which we have tried to use to seize control of life and bend the planet to our will. In A Natural History of the Future, biologist Rob Dunn argues that such efforts are futile. We may see ourselves as life's overlords, but we are instead at its mercy. In the evolution of antibiotic resistance, the power of natural selection to create biodiversity, and even the surprising life of the London Underground, Dunn finds laws of life that no human activity can annul. When we create artificial islands of crops, dump toxic waste, or build communities, we provide new materials for old laws to shape. Life's future flourishing is not in question. Ours is.

As ambitious as Edward Wilson's Sociobiology and as timely as Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, A Natural History of the Future sets a new standard for understanding the diversity and destiny of life itself.