While his ook was unusua, there were parts where the author stepped far beyond his area of expertise, leading to some very weak chapters.
Scientific facts seem to ave a very quick expiration date.This book details defining characters of human society- symbolic language, art, agriculture, war, drug abuse and environmental destruction- and presents our evolutionary precursors to these traits.
He starts by iscussing the unique aspects of he human body both genetically and our life cycle.
It was exciting to see how our prolonged life cycle and the unique characteristic of females menopause has influenced human life.
Interesting to realiz that genetic changes took thousands of years to develop, but actuall they developed than cultural evolution exploded and since has outpaced biological evolution.
Evolution slowly brought us to he place where we had the tools to really start running with it.One thing that stands out from this book is that a hug part of our progress was heavily dependant on the environment and our genes.
Anothe uthor, in discussing what makes humans unique tries to find precedent in other animals as to how this evolved in humans.
Art, which I would classif as the soul expressing itself in reality, is a uniquely human endeavor.
Thi is the nly stuf that can possible explain this chapter, because after factually stating how immense the universe is, he then is completely incorrect scientifically about the abundance of planets and finally 100% speculative about there being no other life.
Ugh. What the hell.Now, time to rant, this book embodied a perspective on life that I am goin to disdain- anthropology, or 21st century intellectualized racial awwwing at the primitive people who hav just so interesting!
Gasp, they ere not much cuter, so much more difficul to the purpose of my research paper, when they did n't have Reeboks.What I find appalling about this perspective is it completely ignores the desires of the native people and it gnores the benefits that one is reluctant to obtain from modern society.
he very system that allowed the uthor to think in way, be educated, and rea book is this one he tries to hold back from cultures because he would rather see the variety of penis ornaments.
Is it such a goo thing to see world map, understand it 's a big place, learn that there are about 7 billion other humans out there? What I ofte do not nderstand about the " awww, look at and study the primitive people " perspective is the lack of consideration for the emotion, wishes, or well being of the culture in question.
So they 'll write academic papers about those cute jungle people, and take photos and all that, but it 's like they want that to remain the way it is.
It 's like their vacation from reality, and I know it 's frankly insulting to the people being photographed and studied as if they were animals.Breathe.
30The emergence of Homo sapiens illustrates the paradox discussed in the previous chapter; that our rise to humanity was not directly proportional to the changes in our genes.
52Until the great leap forward, human culture had developed at a snail 's pace for millions of years.
After the leap, cultural development no longer depended on genetic change.
112The longer life span of modern humans as compared to that of apes does not rest only on cultural adaptations, such as tools to acquire food and deter predators.
Whether those biological adaptations developed especially at he time of the great leap forward or earlier, they rank among the life-history changes that permitted the rise of the third chimpanzee to humanity.
197Continental differences in level of civilization arose from geography 's effect on the evelopment of our cultural hallmarks, not from human genetics.