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Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
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Jun 23, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, 2012-summer, 2012-best-books, science
Read from June 22 to 23, 2012

Everyone read this book now. If a fifteen-year-old can plow through it and understand the major part, so can you.

To quote what I wrote about it for my library's summer reading program:

"The book discusses the evolution of the human brain and connects that evolution to physiology, myth, animal potential, dreams and computer. Further, it declares science as the path to improving life."

The connections drawn to myth are reminiscent of this article in the Endicott Studio archives. Scientific explanations for myth are as a rule awesome.

Also, the book is funny:

"a human being has about a hundred times more bits of information in his brain than a rabbit does. I do not know that it means very much to say that a human being is a hundred times smarter than a rabbit, but I am not certain that it is a ridiculous contention. (It does not, of course, follow that a hundred rabbits are as smart as one human being.)" - p. 48

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