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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have two Science degrees and am currently working on my PhD. A masters in Molecular Genomics and Evolution, a Bachelor in Genetics, and a PhD relating to Human Genetics and Virology.
A friend lent me this book for light reading. I thought it would be amusing. I was very very wrong! This book is racist, misogynistic and vastly inaccurate. Although there are vague scientific themes that the author plays on - the book as a whole is pseudoscience.
I would NOT recommend this book. If you are look for some KKK science fiction - then this is for you. If you want some actual science - I suggest you look elsewhere.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The approach, accuracy and style of this book are impeccable: this is evinced by the reviewers, whom I join late. My focus is on its value and principles as applicable to the situation where we, as advanced forms of humanity, stand today. In setting out these positions and values Mr Koratsky offers directions that do not oppose further evolution. It warns against present attitudes, tendencies that could counter or (in one interpretation) effect a reversal in evolution.
On Evolution, many books have been written in the last half century. And on a wider range of man's inquiry on the life he is born into - which includes propositions that hold that, while evidently there are related species, these rise in steps and not slopes; and some say there are no races - much is being discussed in the new debating arenas: ranging from TV discussions, interviews of media-enhanced individuals, to blogs.
There is a need for solidly based books, of printed kind, to establish firm positions. This book, written in clear but precise language, using a battery of terms (as other authors now do) from technology and warfare - for Evolution has to deal with enemies - is an excellent tower overlooking quicksands.
Arena describes the present situation appropriately: arena means sand, a fine if gritty word whose origins are Etruscan. There, used for gladiator fights and for sports. Theirs a fine, tough, longlasting culture that was the foundation of the spirit that would spread across Europe after sevenhundred years, placing firm bases of knowledge, discarding sand as a basis for theories and discussion.
Earlier, the stepping stone that was Crete in the Mediterranean traffic of knowledge, also had arenas for the combat of athletes and bulls. The Minoan culture was wise and distinctive, giving precedence to the female sex, unwittingly in step with Evolution.
And yet, during those seven centuries, away in the lands that similarly bordered the Mediterranean, beyond the Minoan enclave, little material progress was achieved. A number of tribes were allied by a different novel belief, a single God that the Egyptians also had invented. The Minoans who preceded both cultures had a Female, as Deity. The ancient people to their east chose a Man. I found it interesting that Koratsky makes the point that genetically the default sexual characteristic is the female. One should admire the Minoans, even if their right choice was perhaps a guess!
A glimmering of mankind's need for order is evinced by the One Man-God religion which postdated documents ascribe to Abraham, whose people wandered in the more barren lands, with drought and migration making for a sandy story - in which some men lived to 900 years - a history dating from the days of the Minoans. A long story, indeed, we could argue. All was sand as was the desert encompassing these writers staying for more than 200 years in Egypt. (I omit the excellent Nile and its reeds, for brevity). Did all 12 tribes go to Egypt? More sand.
Religious dogma and the Theory of evolution have to be considered as opposing arguments. Religion does not function without a Deity or some supernatural force. The 6-day creation of the earth view has been tempered with compromise views that it is symbolic and we have arguments - and consequently books - on Intelligent Design. It all adds to the growing whirlwind of uncertainty.
I feel that only an acceptance of evidence and rigid application of logic can enable us to have a full understanding of how Natural Selection functions without a Lady (hopefully Minoan) Goddess or some (probably bad-tempered) God to make the choices.
Perhaps an awareness that the debate on Evolution is often held in a bunker, as in a golf-course, led me to read Living with Evolution or Dying without it. The Life and Death issue that it proclaims seemed precise. I had always accepted that Death was the motive element in Evolution, contrary to political correctness that harps on the "positive" hope and hoick forward view. And as I read, it did prove to be a guide, as its title promises, to Understanding Humanity's Past, Present and Future.
Living with Evolution, in natural and precise style, followed the fairway that science has clearly marked, towards the greens and their level field of conclusions. Necessarily it has to deal with the opposite, Dying without It. And throughout warning about the danger, as in the past, of remaining head-in-the-sand - floundering in superstition and divination, and a powdering of hope.
Many works have interpreted Evolution. This book keeps a clear view directed on the principles of Natural Selection. It made me think (all of us would wonder): imagine in the early stages of life emerging that all random solutions had been accepted, that all mutations had been judged equal, all mixes had prospered, all directions taken: the surface of the planet would have been clogged with perhaps jelly at first, a sea of limbs of all kinds and innumerable combinations of extremities... layers and layers of unselected creatures all considered equal and viable. A writhing mass, that would have meant the death of all. Every time life emerged, non-selection would lead to death ...and soon, inevitably, the end of all.
I considered Koratsky's concise historical passages well-balanced. I sought a Historian's view and he wrote: "His sense of history seems excellent to me, e.g., the medieval quarrels between Church and State: although one might admire the sheer intellectualism of the medieval canonists and their adversaries, even though it was all built upon the most fallacious assumptions. I am sure that he is correct on the threats to evolution via the welfare support for the physically and mentally lazy and the spread ..." In other words this Historian considered that we are applying artificial obstacles in the path of selection. One may consider it a return to struggles on quicksand: intellectualism based upon the most fallacious assumptions.
He does not find it difficult to do away with Goddesses or Gods: he views the forces of Reward and Failure as those which have guided evolution away from wild proliferation as I wrote two paragraphs above. There is a serious warning in this excellent book: some sectors that preach the pleasant or positive approach of all ideas, all cultures, all people being equal is becoming the mantra; canons by which too many are led.
This work leads us to ponder on the inevitable overpopulation of our Earth. One hopes that the author will offer us a sequel that should inevitably deal with the dangers of a new woggly-base culture which, as he notes in the final pages, is rewarding failure and punishing success.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been obsessed with evolution for years now. I love the idea of forming the world and beings as more than some type of magic...*and so it was*.

This book is a huge book and not a one night read. It is very well written and a great item to have on your reference shelf.

This book takes you chronologically through the phases and happenings of evolution. There's even an incredibly awesome pull out timeline in the back of the book.

If you go into this with an open mind...be prepared to have many of your opinions changed {if you weren't already pro-evolution}. This book lays out the facts clearly for all levels of adult readers.

Mystee Blackwood,

A Moment With Mystee Reviews
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
For anything to persevere, it must change and adapt. "Living with Evolution Or Dying Without It: A guide to Understanding Humanity's Past, present, and Future" describes the evolution of all things, and how humanity has succeeded and thrived through their changes over their existence. Stating that even religion has evolved through the centuries, K. D. Koratsky gives readers a scientific and thoughtful analysis of the ever changing universe we live in. "Living With Evolution or Dying Without It" is a fascinating read, highly recommended.
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on March 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover
A very very very interesting approach. I have meet this man, and for all the haters out there he is far from racist... He's a realist. A great book to read and a great book to get you to think and compare what many think but few have the guts to say!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book about Evolution, one of the hottest, most contested topics today - decades after the Scopes trial, etc - and the subject of continued fighting among otherwise civilized people, but this book about Evolution does not enter that rocky arena of whether or not it is fact: brilliant author KD Koratsky simply takes the stance of challenging us to examine our current values and compare those with societies that have either thrived or died in the past. `Evolution as the product of natural selection not only defines certain earthly phenomena but it must necessarily define all earthly and universal phenomena because its essence will universally dictate what spaces become occupied by what forms of matter. Humans are in no way exempted from this logical rule of physical law. Societies that synchronize their policies with the realities of natural selection will maximize chances of long-term success, while those that do not will increase their chances of suffering extinction in the near or distant future.' Tough language at first, but Koratsky's no nonsense writing address so many issues such as how we deal with criminals, our puzzling use of welfare, and our very current arguments about healthcare and provides solid paths to rethink what we reward and how our protection of the weakest is contrary to the survival of the fittest. `A society will get more of what it rewards and less of what it punishes'. Swallow or gulp before finishing this book because it is bound to change minds in a natural way for those strong enough to admit Koratsky is right! Grady Harp, April 10
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is a fascinating new approach to Evolution, looking upon everyday things, people, and events from an evolutionary perspective. The book represents a lot of research and contains a lot of varied information. It is very readable for the general audience, and I recommend it strongly. M. Patrick O'Meara MD
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the broad aspects of evolution and not just science. And its such a timely book since we Americans seen to have a majority of citizend hell bent on taking us back to the Dark Ages and not to an age of Enlightenment.

For me it was the last chapter and beginning on page 56o The Final Firewall that is a must read, because we can see where we have been, but also need to ponder where we are going.

'Another possible scenario is that the West will remain in a stupor long enough for Islamic civilization to finally achieve global domination as part of a 1400 year project, creating an alternative by which top-down totalitarian control would be established under sharia law instead of relativistic principles. Indeed, while having fallen far behind the West in most respects, the Islamists have never abandoned their long-term outlook. And the fact that Islamists still both understand and adhere to Total War theory, remining highly attuned to the combat SVU in this regard, could give them a considerable edge as the West continues to disarm both economically and militarily. Clearly, if this were to play out the Enlightenment ideals would likely fall out of favor for a longer time, perhaps centuries'.

This this book is timely. And should be read by anyone who does NOT understand that evolution is not just about where or how we came to be, but is also about how the earth evolved via population, religion, government and the overall big picture.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
A great book written by K.D.Koratsky with the most appropriate title. A factual book that chronologically takes the readers through the journey of evolution. The journey which began approximately 13.7 billion years ago with the grand Big Bang explosion.

The natural selection - the fundamental base of almost every phenomenon in the entire universe gets instrumental in deciding what goes or stays, where, when and how. There is a sneak peek through different eras that universe went through and specifically our planet where the ingredients got right at the right place and at the right time to make life possible. Many species came, evolved, extinguished, making room for the next ones. The nature has been displaying its brutal intelligence by silently churning different species testing them on their adaptability and fitness quotients. Not just the species, even the specific features in some species get eliminated if they fail to provide the required functionality making themselves redundant. In such cases, nature chooses to release the energy held up to maintain the existence of those superfluous features or the whole superfluous species, for better application of the same energy. Species that learn the trick of adapting with the natural changes increase their chances of survival at the cost of those which fail to do the same.
The author emphasizes the importance of understanding that humans in no way will be favored by this natural law, and there are enough evidences to prove it to be so. However some cues can be taken from how the selection process works to handle or manage the survivability challenges facing humankind.

The book discusses the sequence of significant events in the evolution process of - the universe, the earth and the living beings. Life began with the most simplest form breathing first in the ocean, gradually life moved from sea to the land, followed by the arrival of innumerable species of amazingly various kinds which were established themselves as more adaptable and more advanced. So far humans have surpassed all the rest in terms of their brain power and their adaptability skills. With them came the language, the religions and not to forget, the conflicts too - the world wars, the cold war and much more. This intelligent species, even tries to challenge the nature, so much so that environment which is known to have influenced the life at all times is being forced to get influenced by life now, at least that is being attempted.

A wonderful book presenting the facts in a very objective fashion. Highly recommended for all those who want to learn more about where we came from and where we are heading to.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
A book about evolution and how it applies to social security, reform, prisons, health care, social groups, societies, governments, and more.
This is a heavy book with a lot of information and is not a one night read. It is something you would keep in your library and refer to for information regarding the science and applications behind evolution.

As a dictionary is full of words, this book is like a dictionary for evolution...not just the science, but the practical aspects of it.

It was a bit daunting at first, so big and so intellectual. But it written well enough that even those not as familiar with evolution can learn something useful from it.

I recommend it to students of evolution and sciences as well as social studies and cultural majors. I also recommend it to anyone interested in this subject who is not in school.

A deep, satisfying read!

Reviewed by
Ami Blackwelder
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