Transcendence : how humans evolved through fire, language, beauty, and time / Gaia Vince.
Vince, Gaia author.
|Format||Book and Print|
|Publication Info||New York : Basic Books, 2020.|
|Description||viii, 335 pages ; 25 cm|
Click here for more information about this title
|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 note||Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-325) and index.|
|Library||Location||Call Number||Status||Item Actions|
|Joyner||General Stacks||GN281.4 .V56 2020||✔ Available||Place Hold|