A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change
(University of Chicago Press, 2002) describes how the antecedents of modern humans may have evolved complex brains and cooperation behavior to survive several hundred drastic and abrupt climate changes.
Partly based on an Atlantic Monthly cover story, "The Great Climate Flip-Flop," author and theoretical neurophysiologist William Calvin presents his ideas about the emergence of intelligence in the form of a travelogue. From describing what people ate in the Kalahari Desert thousands of years ago to examining ice core samples in Copenhagen, "A Brain for All Seasons" combines the sciences of climatology, neurology, evolutionary biology and paleontology.
Calvin, affiliate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the author or co-author of 11 books, including Lingua ex Machina, The Cerebral Code, How Brains Think, Conversations with Neils Brain, and The River That Flows Uphill. He is also affiliated with Emory University's Great Apes Project, on the Science Advisory Board for an eight-hour NOVA television series on evolution, and on the Board of Advisors to the Foundation for the Future.
He will be giving bookstore talks in the Seattle area Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall (free tickets available at University Bookstore), Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Elliott Bay Books, and Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Third Place Books.