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Up from Dragons: The Evolution of Human Intelligence

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A breathtaking account of the "unnatural" history of consciousness and human intelligence

Taking its cue from The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan's 1977 classic and New York Times bestseller, Up from Dragons traces the development of human intelligence back to its animal roots in an attempt to account for the vast differences between our species and all those that came before

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Hardcover, 1st edition, 448 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by McGraw-Hill Companies
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Paul DiBara
Dec 10, 2015 Paul DiBara rated it liked it
Obviously, this book is about the nature of the brain, how it evolved and how it operates to create the creatures we are. It's very much rooted in evolution and science, indicating at one point that there can be no consciousness without a living brain. That may be so but on this point, as with religion, I remain agnostic . . . I just don't know. It just doesn't seem likely that we represent the apex of consciousness. We are part of something far more vast or we are following a design. The more I ...more
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"[Humans] are great long-distance runners; if need be we can keep up a steady fast pace from dawn to dusk. Records in older editions of the Guinness Book of World Records show that people can run up to 188 mi within 24 h and up to 621 mi in a single 136-h and 17-m stretch. . . . In the manhunt for the outlaw (and Indian runner) Willie Boy in 1909, when horsemen came within 20 minutes of catching him, he increased his stride into 5-foot paces. He carried on like this for 15 miles, and the horses ...more
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