Bertelsen - Chapter 03
The Distinguishing Traits of Human Beings Seen From the Perspective of Natural and Cultural History
How did the modern state of human consciousness — including free will and
the capacity for self-awareness — come into being? The basic questions is:
How do new species evolve? How did mankind evolve? And how did the
distinguishing traits and characteristics of our species develop? Evolutionary
theory tells us that new species evolve as a result of new forms of biological
interaction between organisms and their environment.