Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time Vince, Gaia

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

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* A TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR *

From the prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene, the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful spe
cies on Earth

'A wondrous, visionary work' Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers

Humans are a planet-altering force. Gaia Vince argues that our unique ability - compared with other species - to determine the course of our own destiny rests on a special relationship between our genes, environment and culture going back into deep time. It is our collective culture, rather than our individual intelligence, that makes humans unique. Vince shows how four evolutionary drivers - Fire, Language, Beauty and Time - are further transforming our species into a transcendent superorganism: a hyper-cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis. Drawing on leading-edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology and neuroscience, Transcendence compels us to reimagine ourselves, showing us to be on the brink of something grander - and potentially more destructive.

'Richly informed by the latest research, Gaia Vince's colourful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hypercooperation' Richard Wrangham, author of The Goodness Paradox

'Wonderful ... enlightening' Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage



PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780141984209
BY (AUTHOR) Vince, Gaia
PUBLISHER : Penguin Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : November 05, 2020
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Penguin Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Tertiary Education
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm
WEIGHT : 236 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
Mathematics & Science
Society & Social Sciences
DESCRIPTION : * A TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR *From the prize-winning author of Adventures in the Anthropocene, the astonishing story of how culture enabled us to become the most successful species on Earth'A wondrous, visionary work' Tim Flannery, author of The Weather MakersHumans are a planet-altering force. Gaia Vince argues that our unique ability - compared with other species - to determine the course of our own destiny rests on a special relationship between our genes, environment and culture going back into deep time. It is our collective culture, rather than our individual intelligence, that makes humans unique. Vince shows how four evolutionary drivers - Fire, Language, Beauty and Time - are further transforming our species into a transcendent superorganism: a hyper-cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis. Drawing on leading-edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology and neuroscience, Transcendence compels us to reimagine ourselves, showing us to be on the brink of something grander - and potentially more destructive.'Richly informed by the latest research, Gaia Vince's colourful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hypercooperation' Richard Wrangham, author of The Goodness Paradox'Wonderful ... enlightening' Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9780141984209 BY (AUTHOR) Vince, Gaia PUBLISHER : Penguin Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : November 05, 2020 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Penguin Books Ltd LANGUAGE : English AGE : Tertiary Education PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm WEIGHT : 236 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : History & Archaeology Mathematics & Science Society & Social Sciences