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  • The Revolutionary Phenotype

  • The Amazing Story of How Life Begins and How It Ends
  • By: J.-F. Gariépy
  • Narrated by: J.-F. Gariepy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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By: J.-F. Gariépy
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Summary

The Revolutionary Phenotype is a science book that brings us four billion years into the past, when the first living molecules showed up on Planet Earth. Unlike what was previously thought, we learn that DNA-based life did not emerge from random events in a primordial soup. Indeed, the first molecules of DNA were fabricated by a previous life form. By describing the fascinating events referred to as phenotypic revolutions, this book provides a dire warning to humanity: if humans continue to play with their own genes, we will be the next life form to fall to our own creation. 

Note that this is an audiobook read directly by the author, who has a French accent.

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Important arguments made in an enjoyable way. This is a book you're going to have to have read if you want to be part of future conversations around the genetic destiny of humans. There's also a musical soundtrack which is beautiful. So you get a music album as well. Good narration by author.

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A less humble and better-structured Dawkins

The author without a trace of false humility states in the prologue that this book eventually be read by anyone that matters, and in the following chapters aims for that standard.

Excellent performance of the voice actors, faithfully re-creating JFG’s Québécois idiosyncrasies. The rendering is forceful, intelligible, and upbeat. The musical interludes nicely divide the work into digestible chunks. Great production values.

The book presents topics clearly, in a logical order, and it never bores. It is only as long as it needs to be. JFG has managed to evolve what a book on evolution can look like.

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