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Transcendence : how humans evolved through fire, language, beauty, and time / Gaia Vince.

Author/creator Vince, Gaia author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Basic Books, 2020.
Descriptionviii, 335 pages ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction -- Genesis. 1. Conception ; 2. Birth -- Fire. 3. Landscaping ; 4. Brain building ; 5. Cultural levers -- Word. 6. Story ; 7. Language ; 8. Telling -- Beauty. 9. Belonging ; 10. Trinkets and treasures ; 11. Builders -- Time. 12. Timekeepers ; 13. Reason ; 14. Homni.
Abstract 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.
General note"January 2020"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 281-325) and index.
Genre/formHistory.
ISBN9780465094905 (hardcover)
ISBN0465094902 (hardcover)

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