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Book Title: The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects|
The author of the book: Jeffrey Lockwood
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.78 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press (UK)
Date of issue: October 28th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780199930197
Read full description of the books The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects:The human reaction to insects is neither purely biological nor simply cultural. And no one reacts to insects with indifference. Insects frighten, disgust and fascinate us. Jeff Lockwood explores this phenomenon through evolutionary science, human history, and contemporary psychology, as well as a debilitating bout with entomophobia in his work as an entomologist. Exploring the nature of anxiety and phobia, Lockwood explores the lively debate about how much of our fear of insects can be attributed to ancestral predisposition for our own survival and how much is learned through individual experiences. Drawing on vivid case studies, Lockwood explains how insects have come to infest our minds in sometimes devastating ways and supersede even the most rational understanding of the benefits these creatures provide.
No one can claim to be ambivalent in the face of wasps, cockroaches or maggots but our collective entomophobia is wreaking havoc on the natural world as we soak our food, homes and gardens in powerful insecticides. Lockwood dissects our common reactions, distinguishing between disgust and fear, and invites readers to consider their own emotional and physiological reactions to insects in a new framework that he's derived from cutting-edge biological, psychological, and social science.
Read information about the authorJeffrey Lockwood is an unusual fellow. He grew up in New Mexico and spent youthful afternoons enchanted by feeding grasshoppers to black widows in his backyard. This might account for both his scientific and literary affinities.
He earned a doctorate in entomology from Louisiana State University and worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming. He became a world-renowned assassin, developing a method for efficiently killing billions of insects (mostly pests but there's always the innocent bystander during a hit). This contact with death drew him into questions of justice, violence, and evil.
He metamorphosed into an appointment in the department of philosophy and the program in creative writing. Unable to escape his childhood, he's written several award-winning books about the devastation of the West by locust swarms, the use of insects to wage biological warfare, and the terror humans experience when six-legged creatures invade their lives. His upcoming book, "Behind the Carbon Curtain," explores how the energy industry has censored science, art and education (not insects but pretty creepy stuff).
Pondering the dark side of humanity led him to the realm of the murder mystery (watch for the release of "Poisoned Justice" this year). These days, he explores how the anti-hero of crime noir sheds existentialist light on the human condition: In the end, there are no excuses--we are ultimately responsible for our actions.
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