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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
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.33
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, April 24, 2012
What a wonderfully fascinating book!

It tells the story of how modern humans first physically evolved and then theorizes about how that "magic leap" into symbolic thinking, that separates us from other species, happened. I won't spoil this mystery for you but I can say that like all really good theories it is remarkably simple and believable.

I have one small criticism. In the last chapter, he says that man believes some really crazy things, like the benefits of human sacrifice or about what space aliens can do....OK, fine...but then on the list is that "endless economic expansion is possible in a finite world". How sad! Here is a book about the incredible creativity of the human mind, a book that I am reading on my iPad that I down loaded from Amazon, things that were invented by the human mind and whose production and sale have brought jobs and prosperity to thousands of people all over the world!

Nevertheless, it is a wonderful book for the curious mind..
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What, Then, Is Time?
What, Then, Is Time?
by Eva T. H. Brann
Edition: Paperback
Price: $33.45
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein would agree, August 2, 2009
This review is from: What, Then, Is Time? (Paperback)
Our human brain has been created over millions of years and conditioned by that which we see around us. Three dimensions of space. Time to measure change. It is very difficult for us to imagine that the universe is not as we see it. Is it? Others throughout history asked this question but Einstein was really the first to show that it is not. Time is relative and space-time is a dimension.

But does time exist at all? No, says the author.

Is there a beginning or an end point in space? When did time begin? When will it end? Only if time doesn't exist are these things possible. Read the book and you will at least begin to understand the question.


The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty
by William Hogeland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.16
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12 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time, May 24, 2008
The book is a waste of time. It takes only about 5 pages to realize that the author's knowledge of Western Pennsylvania history is very shallow but that his opinions are very deep.

You know...white people bad...Indians good...rich people bad...poor people good but oppressed.

The Whiskey Rebellion is an interesting part of American history but sadly this book does it no justice. It was the equilivant of reading an 11th grade school report based on a Time magazine article.
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