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  • How to Be Human

  • Consciousness, Language and 48 More Things That Make You You
  • By: New Scientist
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

What is it that makes us human? Is it language, imagination, morality, or is it that we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we are less human than we think - Neanderthal and Denisovan genes can be found within all of us!

Once again, New Scientist have all of the fascinating and unexpected answers, and - just as they did for the universe in The Origin of (Almost) Everything - in How to Be Human they take us on a tour around the human body and brain, taking in everything from evolution to email, from the Stone Age to Spotify.

How do languages change the way our brains are wired? What can evolutionary theory tell us about who we are attracted to? How does your voice give away clues about your political views, your sexual allure and even your salary? Why is gossip the human version of a gorilla picking fleas from its mate? And how can you live to 100?

©2017 New Scientist (P)2017 John Murray Press

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Good book...

This book has some really interesting information about the human condition. It can be heavy going at times and I found myself skipping back to catch details because I my attention was not at its fullest. You may read my last sentence and think "that's not what I'm looking for", if you do, maybe choose another book. Alternatively, you may read it and think "sounds like it could be a good book, if so, you will not be disappointed. This book has so much well presented, well read, scientific knowledge about us, human beings, that I was constantly talking about it both at home and in work. It managed to stimulate some interesting discussions. I will definitely be listening to this book again.