Musings Of A Human A Collection Of Thoughts By A Semi Evolved Homo Sapien

Author: Derek Levandowski
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 136534696X
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As humans, we are condemned to short lives with our tiny brains, and by the time we start to figure out how to live, we die. Musings of a Human tackles pressing questions such as "Are we alone in the universe?" and "What should we make of artificial intelligence?" from the perspective of an average human. Part philosophy, part science, and part humor, this book is a light read for anyone who enjoys learning, thinking, and laughing.

We Re All Gonna Die Musings On The Human Condition

Author: Derek Levandowski
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1387277413
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We all must face the specter of death. We're All Gonna Die: Musings on the Human Condition explores the deep questions and fears surrounding our own mortality, and attempts to take the teeth out of the beast.

Musings On Human Metamorphoses

Author: Timothy Leary
Publisher: Ronin Publishing
ISBN: 1579512704
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The human species is evolving. Leary describes eight circuits of human metamorphosis and the imprints that occur at each. Psychedelic drugs suspend imprints and conditioning to allow new imprints to evolve. Leary describes each circuit in depth along with the consciousness that manifest at each level and its purpose. Leary believes that human are morphing into space beings. We are becoming the aliens. This book describes the complicated psychological metamorphosis that proceeds our launch into space life.

A Marvelous Miscellany Of Musings And Evolutionary Understandings

Author: Tiffany Twain
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1329759389
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These reflections in Book Ten of the Earth Manifesto contain a series of introspections into the nature of the financial crisis as it unfolded in 2008, along with Evolutionary Understandings during the early years of the 21st century.

Extinct Humans

Author: Ian Tattersall
Publisher: Basic Books
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Challenging prevailing notions of the evolution of humans, this fascinating study of a controversial topic posits that the human evolutionary tree actually contained many branches, and that some of these groups may have exterminated others. 10,000 first printing.

Sapiens

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062316109
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New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? 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, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. 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? 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.

The Right To Life And Conflicting Interests

Author: Elizabeth Wicks
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199547394
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The right to life is a core human right which has not yet received the detailed legal analysis that it requires. This book provides detailed, critical analysis of the controversial human right to life and, in particular, assesses the weight of conflicting interests which could and/or should serve to override the right. This contemporary study of the right to life focuses on the legal, as well as ethical, issues raised by the value of life in modern day society. It seeks to analyze the development, meaning and value of the fundamental human right to life in the context of its conflicts with other competing interests. The book begins with an overview of the right to life in which the concept of life itself is first analyzed, before both the right and its legal protection and enforcement are subjected to historical, philosophical and comparative analysis. The remainder of the book identifies, and assesses the merits of, various competing interests. These comprise armed conflict; prevention of crime; rights of others; autonomy; quality of life; and finite resources. The right to life is unusual in having potential application to so many of today's ethically controversial questions. This new work investigates specific topics of current political, legal and ethical concern such as the right to life during international conflicts, the role of lethal force in law enforcement, the death penalty, the right to life of a foetus in the context of legalized abortion, and the significance of quality of life and autonomy issues in respect of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Last Ape Standing

Author: Chip Walter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802778917
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Over the past 150 years scientists have discovered evidence that at least twenty-seven species of humans evolved on planet Earth. These weren't simply variations on apes, but upright-walking humans who lived side by side, competing, cooperating, sometimes even mating with our direct ancestors. Why did the line of ancient humans who eventually evolved into us survive when the others were shown the evolutionary door? Chip Walter draws on new scientific discoveries to tell the fascinating tale of how our survival was linked to our ancestors being born more prematurely than others, having uniquely long and rich childhoods, evolving a new kind of mind that made us resourceful and emotionally complex; how our highly social nature increased our odds of survival; and why we became self aware in ways that no other animal seems to be. Last Ape Standing also profiles the mysterious "others" who evolved with us-the Neanderthals of Europe, the "Hobbits" of Indonesia, the Denisovans of Siberia and the just-discovered Red Deer Cave people of China who died off a mere eleven thousand years ago. Last Ape Standing is evocative science writing at its best-a witty, engaging and accessible story that explores the evolutionary events that molded us into the remarkably unique creatures we are; an investigation of why we do, feel, and think the things we do as a species, and as people-good and bad, ingenious and cunning, heroic and conflicted.

The Symbolic Species The Co Evolution Of Language And The Brain

Author: Terrence W. Deacon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393343022
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"A work of enormous breadth, likely to pleasantly surprise both general readers and experts."—New York Times Book Review This revolutionary book provides fresh answers to long-standing questions of human origins and consciousness. Drawing on his breakthrough research in comparative neuroscience, Terrence Deacon offers a wealth of insights into the significance of symbolic thinking: from the co-evolutionary exchange between language and brains over two million years of hominid evolution to the ethical repercussions that followed man's newfound access to other people's thoughts and emotions. Informing these insights is a new understanding of how Darwinian processes underlie the brain's development and function as well as its evolution. In contrast to much contemporary neuroscience that treats the brain as no more or less than a computer, Deacon provides a new clarity of vision into the mechanism of mind. It injects a renewed sense of adventure into the experience of being human.

What Makes Us Human

Author: Charles Alexander Pasternak
Publisher: Oneworld Pubns Ltd
ISBN: 9781851685196
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How and why did we become who we are? In "What Makes Us Human?" some of theorld's most brilliant thinkers offer their answers to this perennial puzzle,ncluding Susan Blackmore, Robin Dunbar, Susan Greenfield, Richard Harries,enan Malik, Richard Wrangham, Ian Tattersall, and Lewis Wolpert. Together,hey draw on a broad spectrum of disciplines, from anthropology, biochemistry,edicine, and neuroscience, to philosophy, psychology, and religion, to askhat makes us distinctively human. Is it our cognitive abilities, or our usef tools, our story-telling, our beliefs, our curiosity, our ability to cook,r our culture? Are we half-ape or half-angel? "What Makes Us Human?"xplains how and why our ancestors adapted to their surroundings to produceuch clever, talented, and unlikely progeny. It is for all to enjoy.