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Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Juan Enriquez , Steve Gullans

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There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped. So unless you think Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern are the be all and end all of creation, and it just does not get any better, then one has to ask what is next? Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans, two of the world's most eminent science authors, researchers, and entrepreneurs, answer this by taking you into a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species. It is a world where our bodies harbor 100 times more microbial cells than human cells, a place where a gene cocktail may allow many more to climb an 8,000 meter peak without oxygen, and where, given the right drug, one could have a 77 percent chance of becoming a centenarian. By the end you will see a broad, and sometimes scary, map of life science driven change. Not just our bodies will be altered but our core religious, government, and social structures as humankind makes the transition to a new species, a Homo evolutis, which directly and deliberately controls its own evolution and that of many other species.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1056 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 58 Seiten
  • Verlag: TED Books (26. Januar 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004KSREFC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #214.129 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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69 von 81 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen Unreadable 17. Februar 2011
Von Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big techno-geek and I am fascinated with all sorts of recent scientific and technological developments. In recent years the explosion of new discoveries and advancements in biotechnology has considerably raised the stakes in what kind of new advancements lay in the years ahead. As I write this the cover story for the Time magazine proclaims 2045 as the year when humans achieve immortality. Whether you accept that idea or not, it is quite clear that significant new developments in the upcoming years will challenge our very ideas of what is human. In a nutshell this seems to be the idea behind "Homo Evolutis" - humanity will soon enough be in control of its own evolution. In the light of all the recent and upcoming advancement, this seems like a fairly reasonable premise, albeit one that skirts the very edges of science. I was very curious to find out more, so I picked up and started reading this Kindle single. I've read a couple of Kindle singles before, so I was expecting if nothing else a fairly high level of expository writing. However, from the very outset this single turned out to be unlike anything else that I had come across in all of my reading experience. Instead of flowing prose this single is constructed out of short, brusque paragraph that are formatted in different style fonts and are separated with large gaps of empty space. First I thought that this was just the feature of the introduction, but then it turned out to be the way that this entire singe was written. In addition to that, the style of writing is very confrontational at times. The authors have many attempts at the edgy humor, but these invariably end up being sophomoric or crass. They are also very glib at offending various groups and individuals. This may be OK for the profile of the audience that attends TED conferences, but if they are aiming for a much wider readership then they are definitely doing themselves a disservice. I have nothing in principle against being a bit offensive, but the way these guys go about it leaves no room for subtlety or good-faith criticism. Furthermore, I didn't find the ideas in this single all that original, so after reading a couple of chapters I decided to give up. The overall experience was getting to be too painful.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen how to undermine your own thesis 4. April 2011
Von Chris M - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Fascinating idea.

I was looking forward to seeing how the authors feel the

human
species

might evolve.

Unfortunately the writing and formatting styles in
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virtually

unreadable.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Say what? 12. Februar 2011
Von Daniel Silva - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
In general, a thought provoking and entertaining read. One problem - with the spaced out formatting you end up hitting the next page button about every 10 seconds - kind of annoying.

This statement, ( approx loc 1550 ) however made me do a double take:

" Our average shoe size has increased fourfold in the last century".
I don't think so. If the average size was formerly 5, it has now increased to 20? I picture people flopping around on giant clown-feet.

Admittedly, a minor point - but it makes me dubious about the content of the book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Very Simplistic, Huge Disappointment 19. Juli 2011
Von Matthew S. Donovan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book reminds me of a paper written by a high schooler without any research. It consists mostly of common sense material, and a small amount of wrong information. I literally learned nothing from reading this. For a good book on a similar subject, try "Guns, Germs and Steel", that author actually did research.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen But Will We Really Evolve? 29. Januar 2011
Von Daniel Berg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
As a big fan of both TED and the Kindle, I immediately hopped on Amazon as soon as I heard about this Kindle Single. And then immediately purchased Homo Evolutis as I had always fruitlessly wondered about the future of human evolution.

Homo Evolutis was a quick and highly entertaining read. The format, with different font sizes and indents, added a lot to the presentation of potentially tedious material. The facts presented were not just fascinating, but presented in an extremely excited way. The conclusions drawn in Homo Evolutis were a bit harder to buy.

Maybe this hypothesis would be more solid in a longer book format (which is on its way, hinted this Kindle Single) but I found this story/essay/presentation to be no different than any other emerging scientific work: it sees what it wants to see.

And there's nothing wrong with that. The ideas presented here are exciting to think about. There really are scientists working on creating microbes and DNA altering pills. Body modification (in every sense of the term) is becoming more prevalent and mainstream. As stated in the book, this is science, not science fiction.

However, a connection between these scientific advances and human speciation are not really fleshed out enough in Homo Evolutis. We're given a brief history of evolution, along with a synopsis of some amazing scientific advances, but the fact remains that a solid connection between these two elements and evolution is still fairly weak.

The thought of a not to distant future hosting multiple humanoid species is not only incredibly appealing to many people, but also completely scientifically reasonable. After reading Homo Evolutis, I see this as a perfectly sane theory.

During the book's overview of evolution, we are presented with the fact that it is the historical norm for multiple humanoid species to inhabit the earth at any given time, and that we are living in an unprecedented time where the earth only houses Homo Sapiens. From this fact, we can draw two conclusions. The first being a return to multiple humanoid species (as presented in Homo Evolutis). The second being a future with only one humanoid species (something brought us into this situation in the first place, right?)

Therefore, it is completely unknown what will happen next. Will scientific breakthroughs and body modification lead to speciation? Or will it serve to cement the existence or demise of a single humanoid species? While the book presents the former (without discounting the latter in any way) the evidence was not linked strongly enough to be completely convincing. Unless, of course, the scientific definition of "species" continues to evolve and begins to encompass many minor changes (mostly unseen) that are already happening today.

Either way, Homo Evolutis was worth every penny and is an extremely thought provoking read. I can't wait for TED to continue releasing such quality material.
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