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The wild life of our bodies : predators, parasites, and partners that shape who we are today

by Dunn, Rob R.

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Table of Contents:
  • pt. 1. Who we all used to be. The origins of humans and the control of nature
  • pt. 2. Why we sometimes need worms and whether or not you should rewild your gut. When good bodies go bad (and why) ; The pronghorn principle and what our guts flee ; The dirty realities of what to do when you are sick and missing your worms
  • pt. 3. What your appendix does and how it has changed. Several things the gut knows and the brain ignores ; I need my appendix (and so do my bacteria)
  • pt. 4. How we tried to tame cows (and crops) but instead they tamed us, and why it made some of us fat. When cows and grass domesticated humans ; So who cares if your ancestors sucked milk from aurochsen?
  • pt. 5. How predators left us scared, pathos-ridden and covered in goosebumps. We were hunted, which is why all of us are afraid some of the time and some of us are afraid all of the time ; From flight to fight ; Vermeij's law of evolutionary consequences and how snakes made the world ; Choosing who lives
  • pt. 6. The pathogens that left us hairless and xenophobic. How lice and ticks (and their pathogens) made us naked and gave us skin cancer ; How the pathogens that made us naked also made us xenophobic, collectivist, and disgusted
  • pt. 7. The future of human nature. The reluctant revolutionary of hope.