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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard D. Alexander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1929 in White Heath, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

*Alexander was born in White Heath, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Alexander is a Retired Professor of Biology, a Farmer and a Writer. He currently resides in Michigan.Alexander was a Rockefeller Foundation research associate at Ohio State University and was an instructor, assistant professor , associate professor, profesor of biology and curator of insects at Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has published about 140 articles and books, and two phonograph records of insect sounds, between 1954 and the present.Alexander edited ''The Biology of the Naked Mole Rat'' with other authors.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Alexander still lectures at universities on the subjects of Human Behavior and Evlolution and HorseSocial Behavior. He still farms and raises livestock, so he can't travel for lecturing without much notice.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Club 48 :
ISBN: 0971231419. OCLC Number: 50065614

Woodlane Farm Books,. .

Anecdotal and biographical information about male residents of Butler Dormitory, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL, from 1946 to 1948.

Darwinism and human affairs /
ISBN: 0295959010. OCLC Number: 4956611

University of Washington Press,. .

From books blurb: Darwinism and human affairs. Drawing on recent developments in biology, a distinguished scholar discusses human behavior in terms of modern evolutionary theory. With clarity and precision, he argues that evolution can be used as an explanatory principle to help understand a wide range of human social activity. This line of inquiry leads him to some far-reaching speculations about the reasons for cultural change and it directions. The book begins with a review of basic evolutionary theory, presenting evidence to support the proposition that human social organization arises out of characteristics evolved by the process of natural selection. This approach resolves the apparent contradiction between the concepts of humans as either hedonistic individuals or groups altruists, by showing that they are actually both, and by explaining how this can be true. To test this view of human evolution, the author examines various predictions about human behavior that follow logically from the principle of natural selection. Cultural patterns in marriage, inheritance, and social altruism are explored, and the concepts of justice, ethics, and morality are interpreted in new ways. The result is a better understanding of the relationship between the process of organic evolution and the structure, variations, and significance of human behavior.

Natural selection and social behavior :
ISBN: 0632006242. OCLC Number: 7593881

Chiron Press ;. .

Playin' cowboy :
ISBN: 0971231443. OCLC Number: 80222958

Woodlane Farm Books,. .

A collection of 170 stories, essays, verses, songs, drawings, and cartoons about horses and horse people.

Pop's story :
ISBN: 0971231435. OCLC Number: 880393608

Woodlane Farm Books,. .

The author recounts memories of life with his farmer father in Piatt County, Illinois.

Teaching yourself to train your horse :
ISBN: 0971231400. OCLC Number: 50030421

Woodlane Farm Books,. .

The biology of moral systems
ISBN: 9780203700976. OCLC Number: 1003855466

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The biology of moral systems /
ISBN: 0202011739. OCLC Number: 14359861

A. de Gruyter,. .

The red fox and Johnny Valentine's blue-speckled hound /
ISBN: 0971231427. OCLC Number: 54467122

Woodlane Farm Books,. .

Traces the intertwined lives of a red fox, an unusual hound pup named Speckles, a boy named Johnny Valentine and his fiddler friend Tennessee.