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Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through…
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Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time (edició 2020)

de Gaia Vince (Autor)

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What enabled us to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? Readers of Sapiens will say a cognitive revolution -- a dramatic evolutionary change that altered our brains, turning primitive humans into modern ones -- caused a cultural explosion. In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues instead that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time. She explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals, unleashing a compounding process that launched us into the Space Age and beyond. Provocative and poetic, Transcendence shows how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvelous.… (més)
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Títol:Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
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Transcendence is science made easy. It delineates how humans evolved to a rudimentary level through fire; socially through language; cognitively through art and mentally through time. All these phases are interlinked.

These are the four building blocks of human progression and still play a critical role in our lives today. Vince evaluates each and every one of them for their significance in our lives today.

What floored me was her avoidance of jargon. You can tell she's passionate about relaying her research to the lay reader on the street. An amazing and meticulous contribution to the world of science and humanism alike. ( )
  Amarj33t_5ingh | Jul 8, 2022 |
This book is receiving both very positive as well as very negative comments and ratings. Although I tend towards the latter, I still have a lot of appreciation for the enormous amount of knowledge that Gaia Vince has incorporated into this, and for the way in which she has tried to organize it into a workable whole. In recent decades, more people have ventured into an attempt to present a coherent, historically based vision of humanity. Just think of Yuval Harari, David Christian, Stephen Pinker and so on. It takes special courage to do “the big take”.

Celebrated British science journalist Gaia Vince focuses on 4 themes, which she believes explain why humans, ‘homo sapiens’, have managed to gain a unique grasp of nature and themselves: fire, language, beauty and time. Her vision is certainly relevant, but also a bit predictable and obvious. What bothers me most, however, is that she makes an unlikely mix of facts and figures, often without proper source references. And in some cases her premise, such as on the earliest use of fire, is downright wrong. On that basis, I do not recommend reading this book, however interesting. More about that in my History-account on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3701641431 ( )
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A provocative, highly readable take on our astonishing emergence from the primordial soup.
 
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What enabled us to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? Readers of Sapiens will say a cognitive revolution -- a dramatic evolutionary change that altered our brains, turning primitive humans into modern ones -- caused a cultural explosion. In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues instead that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time. She explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals, unleashing a compounding process that launched us into the Space Age and beyond. Provocative and poetic, Transcendence shows how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvelous.

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