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

Juan Enriquez , Steve Gullans
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 86 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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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars how to undermine your own thesis April 3, 2011
By Chris M
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Fascinating idea.

I was looking forward to seeing how the authors feel the


might evolve.

Unfortunately the writing and formatting styles in






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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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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Say what? February 11, 2011
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Simplistic, Huge Disappointment July 18, 2011
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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly annoying BUT May 14, 2011
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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 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun
A fun read, easy to follow and interesting. Of course it's just a brief sample of a more complete work the authors are supposedly working on.
Published 1 month ago by Sebastian Parot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short read.
Although I'm interested in this type of research, regularly follow up scientific advancements, there are so many things going on, one can't catch all the novelties, this definirely... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kotka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More like scientists riffing like Jon Stewart ... I liked it.
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Published 2 months ago by Robinson
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Published 4 months ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars It puts together so much of where we are in ...
It puts together so much of where we are in the big picture. I look forward to the full book release mentioned by the author.
Published 5 months ago by Craig C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An easy, entertaining, and instructive read.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little ebook
Not a bad little ebook, but the tone and formatting were far too informal for something as crazy as announcing continued human evolution.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking insights into our continuing evolutionary process
Short, but thought provoking, take on how we are actually responsible for accelerating our own evolution and how we may already are becoming a new species altogether
Published 6 months ago by August Iurillo
5.0 out of 5 stars so interesting
I hope that these lessons are being taught to all children.

The premise is difficult to dispute... Unless you're a fundamentalist anything

Thank you
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Dunn
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