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Human Errors

Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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Summary

We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. Millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. And that's just the beginning of the story.

As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. As we will discover, by exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species' evolutionary history.

A rollicking, deeply informative tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections - for our mutations are, in their own way, a testament to our species' greatness - and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.

©2018 Nathan H. Lents (P)2018 Orion
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Great read with amazing facts while adding humour

A book you won't stop reading due to the entertainment of being bombarded with constant surprising facts

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Fascinating


Love books like these, it had a good pace and full of some facts I knew and lots that I did not know....... Did you know the brain is the organ which uses the most amount of energy in the body, 20% of your calorific intake is used by your brain.

Very well explained and despite the narrator being American my worst nightmare, LJ Ganser was quite easy in my ears.

Would recommend if you want to find out about our body quirks and equally in-depth to stimulate the mind for more knowledge.

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A great book full of information.

So full of information this book used it's wit and interesting "aha" moments to keep the content engaging. Well worth the read.

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Fascinating

Strong American accent, but very listenable. Written in a light, conversational style so suits audible very well.

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Amazing

Enjoyable and interesting facts
I learnt a lot of essential information for my degree although it only gives an insight . An enjoyable read throughout

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Very informative and interesting

As a nurse with some understanding of the subjects covered there was still much to maintain interest and increase understanding.

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very annoying narrator

The subject matter is interesting but i couldnt tolerate the narrator at all. The speaker is very monotonous

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Pointless bones?

I struggle with the notion of unnecessary bones in wrists and ankles.
Surely they are arranged in such a way to attenuate forces, transfer load and provide shock “absorption”.
LOVED the latter two thirds of the book. 👍🏼

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Fascinating and gripping

This book is a gem of well proportioned and brilliantly delivered interesting facts and view points about human beings and evolution. Accessible, enjoyable, amusing, and leaves you wanting more.

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Fantastic read!

Had high hopes for this book and it surpassed all my expectations.

Intelligently argued and superbly narrated.

Great fun!