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Good Enough

The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society

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$28.95 • £20.00 • €26.00

ISBN 9780674504622

Publication Date: 06/18/2019

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320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

16 color photos, 21 color illus., 1 photo, 2 tables

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  • Introduction
  • I. Icons as Test Cases
    • 1. The Giraffe: Science Begins in Wonder
    • 2. The Domestication Analogy: Darwin’s Original Sin
    • 3. The Galápagos and the Finch: Two Unrepresentative Icons
    • 4. The Brain: Our Ancestors’ Worst Enemy
  • II. The Theory of the Good Enough
    • 5. Embracing Neutrality
    • 6. Strange Ranges: The Bias toward Excess
    • 7. Nature’s Safety Net
  • III. Our Triumph and Its Side Effects
    • 8. The Invention of Tomorrow
    • 9. Humanity’s Safety Net
    • 10. The Excellence Conspiracy: Critique of Evolutionary Ethics
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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