What are the origins of human intelligence? How did it evolve? What can its evolution tell us about the future of our species?
With his celebrated gift for graceful, inspired explication of complex scientific matters, Carl Sagan provides a breathtaking overview of the nature and development of human intelligence from prehistory to the present. His cosmological perspective gives his speculations a refreshing breadth, while his exhilarating segues from anatomical and biological detail to unexamined elements of enduring myths entwine human and natural history in provocative and illuminating ways.
Equally at ease with the scientific method and the literary imagination, Sagan is able to sketch a vision bold enough to engage in all its richness and perplexities the large question of what it means to be human, and to spice his speculations with a playfulness of idea and expression that increases the reader's appetite for intellectual adventure. was written more than a quarter-century ago, and though some of its theorizing has been overtaken by new research and discovery, the vivid sweep of the book's passionate perception still opens unforgettable vistas of knowledge and imagination.
Born in 1934, Carl Sagan was one of the most well-known and respected scientists of his time, with a considerable reputation in astronomy, biology, physics, and in the study of extraterrestrial life. In addition to his research and teaching at prestigious universities, he brought scientific learning to an unprecedentedly large audience through his television series and several bestselling books, including The Cosmic Connection, The Dragons of Eden, Broca's Brain, Cosmos, and . He died in 1996.
"Carl Sagan has the Midas touch. Any subject he deals with turns to gold, and so it is in . Never have I read anything on the subject of human intelligence as fascinating and as charming."
"No one can read it without acquiring a deeper, saner understanding of the powers and limitations of that mysterious minicomputer just above and behind our eyes."
"One may find it necessary to take issue with Carl Sagan over many details, but the overall force of his argument will survive a great deal of correction of the details. It is a pleasure to have someone writing about scientific cosmology once again so elegantly, intelligently, and with such literary flair."
"It is a delight not only because so much information is so gracefully conveyed, and not merely because Dr. Sagan has a cheerful weakness for good anecdotes, but also because he bounces his science off the walls of myth, and myth . . . is often shrewd."
Of the three new CDs on the tour, two of them will be tour only for the time being. The third one, "The Dragons Of Eden", will be for sale here later today.
The Dragons of Eden was made by guitarist (Brian Carroll), producer and keyboardist and drummer . It was released in 2008 through Dickerson‘s label and remains relatively obscure, lost in Buckethead‘s massive catalog of albums and ignored by hardcore fans of his shredding metal style. Hippies need to wake up, smell the KFC and realize that these guys are some of the biggest talents playing the hard-edged jazz-fusion we love so well. Encourage this sound, demand it!