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Pegando fogo by Richard W. Wrangham
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Mar 03, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: evolution, non-fiction, science, food, anthropology
Recommended to C by: library search
Recommended for: curious folks, fans of food, human evolution, and mystery.
Read from January 23 to February 23, 2010 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** What convinced a large-gutted, hairy protohuman to leave the trees, afforded it the chance to evolve a large and capable brain and form complex communities, marriages and gave it time to create language, culture and luxury? Prometheus' fabled gift of fire, applied to nature's bounty of fruit, nut and the prized meat of other beasts.

Well written, well-documented, surprising and totally solid, this book elucidates Wrangham's theory capably, and had me sold nearly from the beginning. He makes a thorough exploration of many facets of his theory and backs it up with dozens of references and studies. Now, I haven't taken it the second step and researched his references - yet - but it strikes a chord. You know, it just makes sense.

If you have an interest in where we might have come from, read this book. Wrangham doesn't tend to the poetic or particularly lyric, and that's just fine. His clear prose and logical chain of thought fit the subject without distracting with unnecessary displays of literary artistry.

It also provides a nice rebuttal to well-intentioned but science-lacking raw food purists' arguments.

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