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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.

What the critics say

"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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  • HKH
  • 2019-07-11

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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Very revealing and insightful

A pleasent auditory journey that at least felt like it left me more enlightened and insightful about the natural world, and as to explain why intelligent life came about. Really appreciate the eloquence Carl uses to try and effectively describe scientific knowledge.

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  • don
  • 2020-09-04

Carl Sagan's values

this book is a logical example of what value should be placed in how they come into being in our brain with a historical and logical reasoning behind each biblical notion it is a great journey through the mind and soul of humanity

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Interesting and Preformed Well

I had read this book as a paperback and I’m glad I got the audiobook. It was great to go back over this interesting topic and the narration was great!

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Sarah M Valentino
  • 2020-11-01

Oh one of Carl Sagan’s most brilliant work

This is by far one of the most approachable and intuitive work of science and evolution buy one of the most brilliant writers and scientist of our time. Despite the time in which it was written, the relevant it still home for today is second to none. The way in which an audiobook is performed can mean either the life or death of the work., especially in the case of a work of intelligence and rich science. It is made attainable to all levels of intellect by this deft cadence and performance Additionally, this particular performance makes the book enjoyable and as captivating as if being read by its own author.

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  • Craig
  • 2020-07-11

felt too short, enjoyed it too much

the pacing of it is very fluid, you'll find yourself listening through the entire thing in one sitting if not careful 😄

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  • Joao G. D. Santos
  • 2020-05-21

Dragons of Eden

I first read this book during my graduation period, a long time ago. When I saw it on the list of audiobooks, I realized that I should now listen to it again. The poetic manner of writing is a remarkable characteristic of Carl Sagan. He combines knowledge, clarity, and desire to discover more and more after each chapter. A wonderful book about the development of human intelligence based on the Neocortex.

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  • Torrin Fields
  • 2020-01-19

Carl Sagan is an exemplar of a scientist.

Carl Sagan bring truth and curiosity to the page. You won't find another scientist to example the complex world in such a term that the commo man can understand.

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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.