Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
In short, the authors present highly compelling evidence for the argument that we humans -- homo sapiens -- (along with all the rest of the creatures in this world) are evolving...right now, in real time. The complacent view that humans are the end result of the evolutionary process is looking less and less plausible.
And it turns out that evolution does not necessarily take place over extremely long stretches of time. Rather, there is a kind of gene transfer that moves horizontally; this in addition to the more traditional understanding of genes as being passed along vertically, from one generation to the next. In horizontal gene transfer, specific genetic material is passed between organisms in a way that bypasses the reproductive process and takes place more directly. Most often this occurs between a virus or bacterium and a host animal, such as a human. Often there are other creatures in between the microbe and the human, such as a bird or a monkey or a pig. (Think bird and swine flu or a viral infection.)
All of this is presented in a clear, straightforward way that is easily understood, while at the same time being quite fantastic. I cannot recommend this little e-book highly enough, especially to readers who like science and are the kind of people who ask, "why?" I very much hope that the authors expand this small volume into a full-blown book on this most absorbing topic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a high school student and I originally found this book as a source for a biology presentation. I became fascinated with the idea of human evolution and speciation, but being... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda
He does raise some interesting points in this short book concerning what all is going on and what it could mean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bali Dave
I would recommend this book to all my friends, and especially my grown children. It provides reason to hope we may figure out how to transform this threatening time into one of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stanley S Smith
Good material ... probably ... maybe? Not sure, because the formatting was so awful I couldn't plow through the whole thing. Severely annoying. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AlanT
Juan Enriquez takes you to a tour among evolution and our future as humans. You don't need to be a scientist to understand, that won't stop you from being mesmerized.Published 9 months ago by Veruca Corleone
Fun to read and full of perspective. This book motivates you to think beyond ourselves as a species.Published 9 months ago by Juan M. Beltranena
Interesting speculation, but I don't believe the author understands evolution or other areas of genetics.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a good read. Thought provoking but a little short. Can't wait for the expanded version.Published 14 months ago by Caroline
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