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So Human an Animal by René Dubos
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Sep 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-culture, philosophy, anthropology, challenging-ideas
Read in January, 1979

This book about human beings won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
So Human an Animal was first published in 1970. This time detail can help locate many of the ideas discussed in the book. Ecology, nature, environment, human understanding and the role of science.
Rene Dubos was born France,in 1901 and lived there during his childhood and youth. He moved to the United States in 1927 and worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.
Mr. Dubos is credited with originating the saying "Think Globally, Act Locally" .
There are many ideas covered in this book that are now "mainstream".
I really enjoy books that discuss big ideas and argue the authors point of view.
This ground breaking book is a source of ideas that many will say "How obvious!" but forget that it's over forty years old. The success of informed environmentalism can be credited to many brilliant people like Mr Dubos.
Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rene_Dubos
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