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The Way
The Way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull Movie, June 3, 2013
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It saddens me that this terrific movie was released about the same time as "Bad Teacher," which grossed 50 times as much in theaters.


Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins (MacSci)
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins (MacSci)
by Ian Tattersall
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Thinking About Key Science Matters, April 26, 2012
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This book demonstrates that Ian Tattersall is an exceptional scientist well schooled in the art of critical thinking. The points of evidence are sharply and correctly presented. Meanwhile, Tattersall applies a lifetime of logical thinking to sift out fantasies and legends that sometimes blossom in the field of paleoanthropology. He does not "take sides" in controversies, but explains to the reader what is, or may be, right and wrong about what others posit. Tattersall does not allow flights of fancy by others to run too far, but he remains open to speculation and learned conjecture consistent with science and logic.

A reader who wants to learn what the science community knows of the science of paleoanthropolgy at a level that omits pedantic and tedious inside material but remains intellectuallly challenging will find that here. From that, without being romantic in how he writes, Tattersall incites the reader to love what Tattersall himself does about this field.

This is a great read for curious people with a keen interest in what makes us human. Along the way, a reader already acquainted with the field, will enjoy both the pleasure of thinking that Tattersall makes sensible observations and corrections of misguided thinking. Read it all to get the marvelous Coda. One of my favorites there concerns facile generalizations, "[I]t nearly always turns out that these 'universals' are either not uniquely human, or not universal among humans." I also especially like, "[T]here is no need to look for special explanations for altruism when this feature is matched on the other side of the curve by selfishness."

This is good stuff, folks.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy fly fishing tie., May 21, 2011
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The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever
The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever
by C.A.P. Saucier
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Education Where It Matters, April 1, 2011
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This book presents the most exceptional synthesis of thought, learning, and experience available to young readers in this fascinating field of learning. The science of paleoanthropology requires one to combine the thinking of a philosopher with the discipline of a scientist. Nowhere is that essential blend more ably assembled for display to young learners than in "The Lucy Man." Dr. Johanson, the subject of this biography cum teaching book, understood that addressing the most intriguing of human questions -- From where do we come? -- requires evidence and wisdom. He brought both to bear as he advanced this area of science by great leaps, and still does. The author of "The Lucy Man" captures the imagination with her relation of facts, discussion of methods, and encouragement of continued progress. Middle school faculties strive to cross disciplines in team teaching so that students understand that learning is not limited to separate and unrelated modules of math, language, science, and social studies. Because of the wonderful way that "The Lucy Man" demonstrates cross disciplinary connection, it should be required reading for all middle school students.


Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins
Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins
by Donald C. Johanson
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, Balanced, and Inspiring, April 8, 2009
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"Lucy's Legacy, the Quest for Human Origins," is a book that everyone can (and should) read. Donald Johanson's newest work is a delightful combination of adventure and science.

The first part of the book takes the reader on a journey to Africa, especially Ethiopia, to witness some of the greatest discoveries ever made. It is at once a travelogue and an exposition that inspires one to want to be there with Johanson. The detail makes you feel present in the Afar triangle as it takes place, and the style forces you to keep turning pages for more.

Johanson and his co-author, Kate Wong, then tackle the difficult task of putting hominid fossils, and our current knowledge of them, in a context that allows a non-scientist, such as myself, to appreciate the present views of many scientists on topics old (did we blend sexually with Neanderthals) to new (what can we make of the homo floresiensis "hobbit").

For anyone who has done some lay reading in the field, the account of paleoanthropological theory in "Lucy's Legacy" is fascinating and remarkably balanced. The book recounts all sides of issues (when there are sides) in a measured and thoughtful way. That is a rare find.

Johanson takes lumps from some other scientists for publishing material that popularizes what he does. That it lifts the spirits of informed non-scientists, and inspires the younger set to new dreams, is viewed as of no importance. Moreover, some will claim that the title was "stolen" from Alison Jolly's insightful earlier work entitled "Lucy's Legacy, Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution." But, anyone who actually reads them both will see that they are complementary parts of an intellectual search.

This is a terrific book.


Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome
Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome
by George H. Sullivan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic interest generator!, September 22, 2008
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Fabulous for those who have been to Rome. Mandates that you return to see it anew and deeper. Great job.


The Seven Hills of Rome: A Geological Tour of the Eternal City
The Seven Hills of Rome: A Geological Tour of the Eternal City
by Grant Heiken
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for Geologically Literate, January 7, 2008
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This book is not a travelogue for the scientifically uninitiated. If you have studied geology and enjoy the interplay with Roman history, it is terrific. Well done for a work that marries social studies with science. For example, you gain a different view of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva when you take the Tiber floods into account as explained in this book. This is not a beach read with flowing prose, it is a compelling piece for those who treasure deeper knowledge. The romance of this book is not found in grandiloquent vocabulary, but in the profundity of understanding.


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