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

How four tools enabled humanity to control its destiny
What 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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Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Life Sciences / Biology

On Sale: January 21st 2020

Price: $19.99 / $24.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9780465094912

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Reader Reviews


"Captivating... A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Science writer Vince looks at human evolution in terms of four elements -- dubbed Fire, Word, Beauty, and Time -- in this stimulating account... Even those broadly familiar with humanity's story will find new information and insights in Vince's fascinating study."
Publishers Weekly
"A wondrous, visionary work."—Tim Flannery, scientist and author of The Weather Makers
"An imaginative and inspiring adventure into the origins and evolution of what we hold most dear: our human culture."—Uta Frith, emeritus professor of cognitive development UCL
"This book goes from the Big Bang to the Hundred Thousand Genome Project to make a convincing case that Homo sapiens has become a super-organism. I learned a lot from it and so will you."—Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics UCL and author of Here Comes the Sun
"Transcendence is a beautifully imaginative overview of the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Richly informed by the latest research, Vince's colorful survey fizzes like a zip-wire as it tours our species' story from the Big Bang to the coming age of hyper-cooperation."—Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University and author of The Goodness Paradox
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