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Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe

Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
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Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
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  • ISBN: 9780715651216
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A Daily Telegraph and TLS Book of the Year

'An audacious tour of all that science can teach us about the origin and evolution of humanity in the universe, start to finish. It's encyclopedic sweep can be read straight through or browsed in parts of special interest.' Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


In this groundbreaking book, John Hands examines current scientific knowledge about human evolution from primordial energy at the beginning of the universe, and controversially argues that many of the ideas we assume to be true such as the Big Bang and the selfish gene are, in fact, contradicted by new evidence.

Unbiased, incisive and written with enviable clarity for both the general reader and the specialist, Cosmosapiens reveals that this new evidence shows an underlying pattern of cooperation, complexification and convergence. As a result of this accelerating evolutionary process, we humans are the only species on Earth which possesses self-reflective consciousness a quality which enables us to determine our own evolutionary future.

'A substantial, sceptical survey of the current state of scientific knowledge of about the most basic questions... An invaluable, encyclopedic achievement' A.N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

'Lucid and intelligible to the non-specialists... a book of astonishing ambition and scope' Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

'From dark energy to the selfish gene, Hands looks at how we know what we know - and what we don't. An overview of current thought on this ever fascinating subject' The Observer

'This is the greatest story ever told... we are the first generation to be able to hold in our mind's eye the whole history of the universe from the moment it started until yesterday... unbelievably thrilling, and John tells it terribly well... terrific' James LeFanu, Spectator

'Asks the really big questions - what are we, where do we come from, and why do we exist?... A really important piece of work' Monocle 24

'Thought provoking, super interesting read, guaranteed to get your grey matter working' The Sun

'Audacious, ambitious, and philosophically completist study... a thoughtful treatise for the eternally curious' Starred review, Publishers Weekly

'Virtuosically ambitious… explores the question of human evolution from the origins of the universe' I magazine

A magisterial, persuasive and thought provoking survey of the horizons of modern science' Dr James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine

'Even in cases where one might disagree, the arguments are thought-provoking' Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Princeton University

'John Hands has done a remarkable job of disentangling the many topics that are long overdue for reinterpretation. The enormous effort he has made to cover so many evolutionary questions is heroic... A major accomplishment' Professor James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A View From The 21st Century

'A game-changer. In the tradition of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, this lucidly written, penetrating analysis challenges us to rethink many things we take for granted about ourselves, our society, and our universe. It will become a classic' Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College

'A work as bold, broad, and challenging as this will no doubt tweak the bias any one of us may have regarding a particular event, but, then, so did Darwin's On the Origin of Species' Jeffrey Schwartz, Professor of Physical Anthropology and of The History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh

'This book is an intellectual tour-de-force...highly recommended for anyone wishing to get a deeper insight into the fundamental but typically arcane theories that purport to explain where we and the universe that surrounds us are coming from' Professor Francis Heylighen, Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group, Free University of Brussels

'Any conventional Darwinist (and I am one of them) will find a lot to take exception to: but disagreement is the fuel of progress and if you enjoy an argument this is the book for you' Professor Steve Jones, author of The Language of the Genes

'An audacious and admirable book... written with engaging style, and the strongest scientific ideas across a swathe of fields in physics and biology are presented lucidly' --Larry Steinman, Professor of Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

'Hands's voyage of inquiry will not only educate you, it will also surprise' Derek Shearer, Director, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Los Angeles

'A fine book... brave, very wide ranging, synoptic' --Professor Stuart Kauffman, author of At Home in the Universe

'[Hands] makes us realise how much we don't know. From his book we get that big picture he sought' --Professor David Knight, author of The Making of Modern Science
Autor HANDS, John
An apariţie 2016
Editura Duckworth
Nr pagini 704
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B
Cuvinte cheie: hands john