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Transcendence [electronic resource] : How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
Transcendence [electronic resource] : How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
Vince, Gaia2020
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"A wondrous, visionary work." --Tim Flannery, scientist and author of the bestselling The Weather MakersWhat enabled us to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? Readers of Sapiens will say a cognitive revolution -- a dramatic evolutionary change that altered our brains, turning primitive humans into modern ones -- caused a cultural explosion. In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues instead that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time. She explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals, unleashing a compounding process that launched us into the Space Age and beyond. Provocative and poetic, Transcendence shows how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvelous.
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[Place of publication not identified] : Penguin, 2020
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1 online resource (1 text file)
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9780241281130
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English
BRN:
3062364
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