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Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be

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Atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form single-celled organisms. When people come together, they build societies. Our world is nested, both physically and socially, and at each level we find innovations that were necessary for the next level. Physics has gone far in mapping the basic mechanics of the simplest things and dynamics of the overall nesting, a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Columbia University Press
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Pouting Always
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The person who wrote this is clearly well read and intelligent but I do think the ideas he was trying to express could've been expressed much more simply. The book is well written but it's a little round about with the ideas it's trying to get across. It covers the basics of physics, chemistry, biology and then goes into sociology and anthropology and ecology to explore the way systems are set up. I don't think it's such a revolutionary idea that you take a few basic building blocks and use them ...more
GONZA
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon
Brilliant book that explore our life from the beginning (quark, atoms, molecules etc.etc.) till the actual situations: nations. Key words for this travel trough time are combogenesis and alphakit. All the situations are clearly explained and the author is also witty and funny, plus this is a way to see the evolution of things that I have never considered.

Libro brillante che esplora la nostra esistenza dagli inizi (quark, nucleoni, atomi, molecole, etc.etc.) fino all'attuale situazione geopolitic
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M- S__
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, netgalley
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and review.

Volk tries chart a course from the laws and facts of the smallest and most fundamental aspects of nature up through the myriad social systems of complex culture and loses me about 50 pages in. It's just too big an undertaking for a 300 page book.

The concept of combogenesis has that "oh wow obviously yeah that could make total sense" quality to it, but there's no room for him to make a more nuanced argument for it in this bo
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Kevin Marshall
Low amount of research into topic

Missed the boat. Ken wilbur & spiral dynamics & integral theory cover this topic much better & in depth. If author had done a cursory literature search he would have written a much better book
Daniel Casey
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Meandering esoterica managing to provide inadequate scientific communication and a grossly superficial of humanities so to create what is essentially a nonsense book with little to no value for anyone in any field. This was an aggressive disappointment.
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Tyler Volk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at New York University. Volk is an active proponent of the Gaia hypothesis. A 1989 study, co-authored by Volk, published in the journal Nature asserts that without the cooling effects of living things, Earth would be 80 degrees Fahrenheit warmer.