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Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
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Jul 08, 2010

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Read from July 08 to 13, 2010

Obviously, being a scientific text from thirty-three years ago, it's not a surprise that some of the business in this book is outdated. The last chapter, which is ostensibly about the future evolution of the human brain, could very well be called "Grandpa is afraid of abortions and the computers".
That being said, I really appreciate the straight forward and engaging way in which Sagan writes about such difficult material. His use of language is friendly and readable, his examples often personal, clever, and easy to connect to.
Despite the earlier mention of Sagan's unease about technology, he's extremely open to animal equality, careful to make the distinctions that one species' intelligence or suffering can't be a measure of another's. Which only serves to make the "Hey! Pong! Neat!" moments that much funnier.
The "calendar" and "timeline" of human mental evolution in the opening section of the book were partcularly interesting and easy to understand.

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