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

Juan Enriquez , Steve Gullans
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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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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The argument presented in Homo Evolutis is simple: sooner or later humans will evolve into a new species. The explanation of how we get there is a riveting tour through religion, culture, and the newest scientific experiments, medical research, and technological advances--the forces speeding us inexorable away from being homo sapiens and toward a new species. The authors create a complete story by linking a chain of fascinating subjects together--genetic therapy, intestinal parasites, gut bacteria, 'downloading' of brain information, performance-enhancing surgeries, tissue engineering, hybrid animals (Zonkeys and Grolars?), a brief history of past hominids that once lived alongside us, and more. All these combine to tell the story of where we are going as a species. With an entertaining style, a comical tone, and a mixed use of fonts and formatting, this Kindle Single leaves readers with a deep sense of wonder and a multitude of new and bizarre facts that beg to be shared with anyone who might listen. --Paul Diamond

Product Details

  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: TED Books (January 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KSREFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable February 17, 2011
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. Read more ›
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars how to undermine your own thesis April 3, 2011
By Chris M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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

_____________________________________________________________________to take

________________________________________________________________________________________seriously!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Say what? February 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Simplistic, Huge Disappointment July 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But Will We Really Evolve? January 29, 2011
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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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No. Not even for $2.99. June 27, 2011
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Dumbed down to the point of being simply dumb. And maddeningly, annoyingly type-set, with no two consecutive paragraphs in the same font, size or style, and precious few seeming to have any connection to what has come before or what follows. In other words, slapdash and amateurish. Rather like the first and very rough draft of some longer book to be published later. Not for me will these two being doing anything of the sort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars good science, is not in the business of disproving ...
Science, good science, is not in the business of disproving anything. It's not a tool for deciding who's right or wrong, and it's especially not a bludgeon for belittling those who... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Llama
1.0 out of 5 stars Weirdest typeset for a non-fiction book.
What

A Book.

Why they ever decided

to typeset like this

in a non-fiction, non-poetry

book

is beyond me. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Adair
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me glad
Holistic, thought provoking. This book together with Bryson's A short history ... is recommended to anybody who wishes to get a stimulating intro to science.
Published 3 months ago by Henning Boergesen
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting..
This is a fresh summarised look at evolution, I like the casual way it was written and the many rephrased sentences in layman terms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars people!
Very interesting perspective of where we are at, where we are going. Makes me realise what little time we have been on earth..
Published 9 months ago by Tony Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Mutation is Happening Now!
This was a mind-blowing book with far reaching futuristic ideas that were wonderful to read about/ It was great on so many levels even leading me to connect the dots between... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marcia Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but bad formatting in kindle
I love TED books they are short and too the point. However, there are some technical problems with this book. The formatting is a bit wrong and is difficult to read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wayne Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars The future of the human race
Written simply it gives a good outline of how the human race could evolve to become a different species to ourselves. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
It's hard to believe that a book with a photo of an old, bearded Englishman on the cover could be called 'riveting,' but that is exactly what Homo Evolutis is. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. McEwan
5.0 out of 5 stars and they said DNA would probably be important.
Many years ago when I graduated from college with a degree in biology they told me that DNA would probably be important. Guess they were right. Read more
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