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Preview — The Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us
We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but is there really anything special about us that sets us apart from other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites ou...more
For instance, when discussing the causes of our motives and whether they may be for survival or reproduction he didn't explain the invaluable distinction between ultimate and proximate causes.
Although it's very readable, I wouldn't recommend it unless you only wanted to dip your toes into evolution and animal behaviour. ...more
Rutherford makes a passionate case for us humans not being so different from the animals at all. We traditionally have been guilty of thinking us to be the pinnacle of an evolutionary ladder (nothing like that exists btw) and of late, anthropomorphising animals to such an extent that we start projecting human conditions/behaviour in t ...more
The tone and style of Adam Rutherford's books are also just so readable; being a presenter, ...more
Human beings share a common ancestor with all of the other living species that can be found on the Earth. We therefore have much in common with other creatures. Yet, there’s also something that sets us apart. Perhaps the most obvious is that humans are far and away the most narcissistic of nature’s creations, thus we want to read books about the traits we have in common with other animals and things that make us unique.
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New ...more
The book just suffers the same problem as much similar books: when comparing men to animals, exemples are given in reasonable quantities for each aspects, but suddenly explode when starting to talk about sex. It's just like the authors are thinking: "Let's give them what they want, it's good for the business". Apart from this disproportion, really pleasant reading.
it is written in simple enough terms for a layman to navigate (i got a bit lost with the genes and dnas and proteins in the last third). loved the way it is organized, and the quotes from darwin made me ...more
One great thing about this book, and the way the author wrote it, is that it plainly states that scientific theories and hypothesis are not laws, they are just that, theories and hypothesis. Sure most of them have been proven by physical observ ...more
You’ll learn a lot about the ways different animals match human behaviors and genetic makeup. How do animal brains compare to human brains? ...more
This is an entertaining book and one written to provide ...more
Towards the end of the book he poses the question why humans reached "modernity" (by which he means, I think, a material and artistic culture that produced artifacts) much later than Homo sapiens became clearly the sam ...more
Book is engaging description of how humans used tools, language, teachings,fire and art to conquer the earth and how we became better than our cousin apes and all the mammals, who share many similar genetic features.
After a slow first chapter, book becomes rainbow of fabulous f ...more