On Being Born and Other Difficulties
Draws on a variety of sources to survey numerous theories and philosophies about birth, describing humanity's often disparate attempts to understand the evolution of life and analyzing the significance of birth as it applies to ongoing debates about the human soul, sexuality, and the origins of life in the universe. 15,000 first printing.
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