The standard evolutionary account of human origins holds that our population has always been in the thousands and humanity did not descend from an initial pair.
The truth is that placing a man in the Monkey House was intended as an education for the public in Darwinian evolution.
David and Ben cover the philosophical and political attack on essentialism, why evolution is fundamentally at odds with a fixed nature to human beings, and much more.
Provine was one of those rare people with a strong viewpoint who is still willing to imagine that there is an opposing view that is worth hearing.
He focuses on one subtopic of one chapter, dismissing the rest of the scientific content of the book as failing to engage with mainstream science.