Nathan H. Lents

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Nathan H. Lents is professor of biology and director of the Honors College at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

His research has been published in a dozen leading science journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and the American Journal of Physiology, as well as science education journals such as the Journal of College Science Teaching and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

He also maintains The Human Evolution Blog and blogs for Psychology Today under the tagline, "Beastly Behavior: How Evolution Shaped our Minds and Bodies." His articles occasionally appear in magazines such as Skeptic.

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Human Errors: A Panorama of...

3.95 avg rating — 1,229 ratings — published 2018
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Not So Different: Finding H...

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Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents
"Really enjoyed this book- it answered lots of questions that I had about why certain things about the human body and how it operates, some things that simply don't make sense.
The research is thorough and the writing is entertaining.
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Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents
"Thank you to netgalley for the advance copy of Human Errors for an honesty review.
Human Erros by Nathan H. Lent is the biology book I wish I had head in school. The authors makes human biology fun, humors and fun.
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Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents
" What a nice to thing to say! You are most welcome and it was a pleasure. "
Not So Different by Nathan H. Lents
"An interesting comparison between humans and animals. We are more alike than not."
Not So Different by Nathan H. Lents
"Thank you to Netgalley and Columbia University Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

What defines humanity? Many things have been said already, and I am not a specialist by any means.
It has been said that the use of tools i..." Read more of this review »
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Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff
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The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff
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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
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Pinker writes eloquently, as usual, and the book is very well researched. Though pessimism is always en vogue, this book reminds us of how far we've come in the pacification of our species. I recommend this book to everyone. You will enjoy reading it ...more
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“nearly all animals on the planet make plenty of their own vitamin C, usually in their livers,”
Nathan H. Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

“many animals purchase sexual access with food or other gifts. There are penguins that trade sex for nest-building materials. (If you’re interested, I have a whole section on prostitution among animals in my book Not So Different.)”
Nathan H. Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

“For most modern humans in the developed world now, losing some money generally means that they might have to scale back some aspects of their lifestyles. Losing resources in the Pleistocene epoch might have meant starvation. Thus, extreme aversion to loss also made good sense. When the alternative is an almost certain death, taking a risk doesn’t seem so foolish.”
Nathan H. Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes




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