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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
Lifespan: Why We Age-and Why We Don't Have To
by , Matthew D. LaPlante

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English

Pages

310

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER </b><br /> <br /><b>A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of <i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people.</b><br /><br />It鈥檚 a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we鈥檝e been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?<br /> <br />In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: 鈥淎ging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.鈥?lt;br /> <br />This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs鈥攎any from Dr. David Sinclair鈥檚 own lab at Harvard鈥攖hat demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to <i>feel </i>younger, but actually <i>become </i>younger.<br /> <br />Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes鈥攕uch as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat鈥攖hat have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, <i>Lifespan </i>will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
by Charles Murray

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>All people are equal but, as <i>Human Diversity</i> explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.</b><b><br /></b>The thesis of <i>Human Diversity</i> is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades. The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas:<br /><br />- Gender is a social construct.<br /><br />- Race is a social construct.<br /><br />- Class is a function of privilege. <br /><br />The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in.<br /><br />It is not a story to be feared. "There are no monsters in the closet," Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening." But it is a story that needs telling. <i>Human Diversity</i> does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

455

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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<p><strong>Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.</strong></p><p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER </strong></p><p>Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed <em>New York Times</em> bestseller and international phenomenon <em>Sapiens</em>, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity鈥檚 future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.</p><strong></strong><p>Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style鈥攖horough, yet riveting鈥攆amine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.</p><p>What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake?<em> Homo Deus</em>聽explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century鈥攆rom overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is聽Homo Deus.</p><p>With the same insight and clarity that made <em>Sapiens</em> an international hit and a <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, Harari maps out our future. </p>
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 11, 2014

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<p><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b>A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes</b> <br />Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In <i>The Sixth Extinction</i>, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and <i>New Yorker</i> writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.</p>
Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World
by Richard C. Francis

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

May 25, 2015

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<p><strong>Without domestication, civilization as we know it would not exist.</strong></p><br /><p>Since that fateful day when the first wolf decided to stay close to human hunters, humans and their various animal companions have thrived far beyond nearly all wild species on earth. Tameness is the key trait in the domestication of cats, dogs, horses, cows, and other mammals, from rats to reindeer. Surprisingly, with selection for tameness comes a suite of seemingly unrelated alterations, including floppy ears, skeletal and coloration changes, and sex differences. It鈥檚 a package deal known as the domestication syndrome, elements of which are also found in humans. Our highly social nature鈥攐ne of the keys to our evolutionary success鈥攊s due to our own tameness. In <em>Domesticated</em>, Richard C. Francis weaves history and anthropology with cutting-edge ideas in genomics and evo devo to tell the story of how we domesticated the world, and ourselves in the process.</p>
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Li...
by Lydia Denworth

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<p><strong>A Next Big Idea Club Must-Read Nonfiction Book of Winter 2020<br /><br /><br /><br />A revelatory investigation of friendship, with profound implications for our understanding of what humans and animals alike need to thrive across a lifetime.</strong></p><br /><p>The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental. Friends, after all, are the family we choose. But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential, and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?</p><br /><p>In <em>Friendship</em>, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search of friendship鈥檚 biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas鈥攚hen tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment of their social needs outside their immediate families. Denworth sees this urge to connect reflected in primates, too, taking us to a monkey sanctuary in Puerto Rico and a baboon colony in Kenya to examine social bonds that offer insight into our own. She meets scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes, and our cardiovascular and immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill. At long last, social connection is recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.</p><br /><p>With insight and warmth, Denworth weaves past and present, field biology and neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed for friendship across life stages, the processes by which healthy social bonds are developed and maintained, and how friendship is changing in the age of social media. Blending compelling science, storytelling, and a grand evolutionary perspective, Denworth delineates the essential role that cooperation and companionship play in creating human (and nonhuman) societies.</p><br /><p><em>Friendship</em> illuminates the vital aspects of friendship, both visible and invisible, and offers a refreshingly optimistic vision of human nature. It is a clarion call for putting positive relationships at the center of our lives.</p>
Scotland: A History from Earliest Times
by Alistair Moffat

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

September 22, 2015

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<b>Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of <i>Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms</i>: 鈥淒eserves a prominent place in the history canon鈥?(<i>Scots Magazine).</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.<br /> 聽<br /> From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat鈥檚 epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淢offat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation鈥檚 past and references a huge number of sources.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scotland Magazine</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭he great thing about Moffat鈥檚 account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scottish Review of Books</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 very readable, well-researched and fluent account.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scotland on Sunday</i>
Sapiens. De animales a dioses: Una breve historia de la humanidad...
by Yuval Noah Harari

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Spanish

Pages

496

Publication Date

September 04, 2014

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<p><b>El libro de no ficci貿n del A脩O</b></p> <p><b>Un best seller internacional con m謾s de un mill貿n de ejemplares vendidos</b></p> <p><b>L煤cido e iluminador: la historia de la humanidad en un solo volumen.</b></p> <p></p> <p><b>Este es el fascinante relato de nuestra extraordinaria historia: de simios sin importancia a amos del mundo.</b></p> <p>驢C貿mo logr貿 nuestra especie imponerse en la lucha por la existencia? 驢Por qu茅 nuestros ancestros recolectores se unieron para crear ciudades y reinos? 驢C貿mo llegamos a creer en dioses, en naciones o en los derechos humanos; a confiar en el dinero, en los libros o en las leyes? 驢C貿mo acabamos sometidos a la burocracia, a los horarios y al consumismo? 驢Y c貿mo ser謾 el mundo en los milenios venideros?</p> <p>En <i>De animales a dioses</i>, Yuval Noah Harari traza una breve historia de la humanidad, desde los primeros humanos que caminaron sobre la Tierra hasta los radicales y a veces devastadores avances de las tres grandes revoluciones que nuestra especie ha protagonizado: la cognitiva, la agr鉚cola y la cient鉚fica. A partir de hallazgos de disciplinas tan diversas como la biolog鉚a, la antropolog鉚a, la paleontolog鉚a o la econom鉚a, Harari explora c貿mo las grandes corrientes de la historia han modelado nuestra sociedad, los animales y las plantas que nos rodean e incluso nuestras personalidades. 驢Hemos ganado en felicidad a medida que ha avanzado la historia? 驢Seremos capaces de liberar alguna vez nuestra conducta de la herencia del pasado? 驢Podemos hacer algo para influir en los siglos futuros?</p> <p>Audaz, ambicioso y provocador, este libro cuestiona todo lo que cre鉚amos saber sobre el ser humano: nuestros or鉚genes, nuestras ideas, nuestras acciones, nuestro poder... y nuestro futuro.</p> <p>- El fuego nos dio poder.</p> <p>- La conversaci貿n hizo posible que cooper謾ramos.</p> <p>- La agricultura aliment貿 nuestra ambici貿n.</p> <p>- La mitolog鉚a sostuvo la ley y el orden.</p> <p>- El dinero ofreci貿 algo en lo que confiar.</p> <p>- Las contradicciones crearon la cultura.</p> <p>- La ciencia nos hizo imparables.</p> <p><b></b></p>
The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Ey...
by Donald Hoffman

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<p><strong>Can we trust our senses to tell us the truth?</strong></p><br /><p>Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work.</p><br /><p>Ever since <em>Homo sapiens</em> has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease.</p><br /><p>The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more 鈥渁ttractive鈥?body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, <em>The Case Against Reality</em> dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see.</p>

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