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Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books) (English Edition) von [Enriquez, Juan, Gullans, Steve]
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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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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
this
ebook

Make
it

virtually

unreadable.

and

___________________________________________impossible

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________________________________________________________________________________________seriously!
12 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
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.
27 von 34 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
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.
13 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Incredibly annoying BUT 14. Mai 2011
Von C. Gallardo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
If you don't mind be talked down to, addressed as if you were nearly retarded by a couple of guys with a sixth grade sense of humor, then this could actually be useful. One sentence paragraph........BIG SPACE............change font size, one more sentence.............BIGGER SPACE..................you get it. This approach, apart from the dimwitted jokey asides, does make you stop, pay attention to each new point, and follow along. Just in case you didn't want to or couldn't manage it otherwise. They jump all over the place, repeatedly promising to fill us in with a longer book to follow, but there is a lot of interesting stuff in here which you may or may not have read about, but here they are pulling it together...sort of. I'd say it's worthwhile and worth the money if you don't have a low annoyance threshold, in which case you'll just get mad.
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