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Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books) by [Enriquez, Juan, Gullans, Steve]
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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)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KSREFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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

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it

virtually

unreadable.

and

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________________________________________________________________________________________seriously!
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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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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 SPACE..................you 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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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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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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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. Authors Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans are scientists who take readers on a whirlwind survey of the latest discoveries in human genetics and evolutionary biology -- and it's a tour that takes your breath away.

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.
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