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The Dragons of Eden

Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Auteur(s): Carl Sagan
Narrateur(s): JD Jackson, Ann Druyan
Durée: 6 h et 41 min
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The Pulitzer Prize Winner

Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends - and their amazing links to recent discoveries.

©1977 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday . . . . It's a delight." --The New York Times

“How can I persuade every intelligent person to read this important and elegant book? . . . He talks about all kinds of things: the why of the pain of human childbirth . . . the reason for sleeping and dreaming . . . chimpanzees taught to communicate in deaf and dumb language . . . the definition of death . . . cloning . . . computers . . . intelligent life on other planets. . . . Fascinating . . . delightful.” --The Boston Globe

“In some lost Eden where dragons ruled, the foundations of our intelligence were laid. . . . Carl Sagan takes us on a guided tour of that lost land. . . . Fascinating . . . entertaining . . . masterful.” --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Loved it!

It was mind opening! the author left plentiful opportunities to relate and think which was very joyful. (Both my brain's left and right hemispheres enjoyed it)

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  • john
  • 2018-04-21

Broad-reaching and thought-provoking

While some of the technical information of this book is apparently outdated, it was mentally stimulating and provided some very interesting ideas to chew on for a layman such as myself.

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  • Carson Cleveland
  • 2017-08-16

Ahead of His time

Great book that is becoming more relevant everyday. Really an enjoyable and interesting learning experience.

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  • Doost
  • 2017-12-31

awe inspiring

I listened to the book while on several hikes alone and, of course, driving. Engulfed in the wonders and eloquence of this book, I muttered "wow" many times. Much respect to humans such as Carl Sagan.

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  • EK
  • 2019-12-07

Surprisingly strengthened by historical context

I started diving into Sagan's writings a few years ago, and this was one I held off on the longest because with I was afraid my background in neuroscience would lead me to be distracted -- or perhaps even a bit disappointed -- by the dated information I'd hear from one of my heroes. Much to the contrary, I was delighted to hear a history of the study of the brain, taken at its own point in time instead of through the usual look back at what we deem in hindsight to have been relevant from the past. I especially loved the chapters on technology and Sagan's predictions for the future -- he was not just ahead of his time; he was prophetic.

The narration was overall enjoyable, but frequently included odd pauses after the word "and" that didn't seem to flow naturally. This didn't make it unlistenable by any means, but I found it jolting on occasion.

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  • Mavortius
  • 2019-08-14

An ancient topic with new insights

People have long speculated about the origin of human nature, and the sciences are helping to advance the conversation. It's as appropriate as ever to have this conversation and explore the implications.

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  • Eric F.
  • 2019-07-10

Carl Sagan is my only god

Great for students of all sciences. I really loved this book as a first year student of biology. It was helpful in solidifying material and gaining further insight to it.

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  • J. P.
  • 2019-05-22

a very enjoyable exploration of intelligence

Sagan brings his curiosity and articulation to an exploration of intelligence in humans and others.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-07-26

Thought-provoking, inspiring and scientific!

Wow. Carl Sagan the epitome of what it means to be a scientist. Absolutely brilliant!!

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  • Abbas
  • 2019-01-23

Old but gold

Such a work of art. An inspiring and enlightening book. One that is using detailed and good arguments to support its ideas. It is an amazing book with few "outdated" information that brings one an insight into our place in the world.

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