Description : New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
Description : The beloved, award-winning novel is now a major motion picture starring 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford and Everything, Everything's Nick Robinson. ---------- Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal. ---------- Praise for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: 'Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.' Entertainment Weekly 'I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book." Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places
Description : This book examines Homo sapiens lost connection with nature and the aftermath, Homo sapiens excessive footprint on the Earth itself, the depredations done to Earth by Homo sapiens, the denial of global warming and other environmental issues, Frankenstein science and those attempting to play God, the conservation of Earth, what the future may perhaps entail, and going back to nature and coexisting on Earth. The book contains many statistical facts on the subject matter being discussed with more than 715 references within the bibliography and more than 120 graphs, satellite images, and other photographs. Some of the subtopics covered in this book include: Agriculture and the Origins of Modern Civilization, Meat, Dairy, and Egg Consumption, Current Medical Epidemics, Prescription Drug Epidemic, Mental Health and Drug Addiction, Government and Corporate Influence, Poverty, Money, Greed, and Corporate Responsibility, Warmongers, An Incarcerated and Policed Society Living with Unwarranted Fear, Guns, Religion, Suppression of History and Knowledge, Education and The Monetary Value of History and Knowledge, The Slaughter, Slavery, and Forced Assimilation of Indigenous Homo sapiens, Contemporary Slavery, Children, Women, Family and Individualism, The Mainstream News Media, World Population, Mass Consumption, A Surplus of Senseless Waste, Fashion, Cities, Water Consumption, Desertification, Surface Water, and Groundwater Depletion, Wastewater and Sewage Sludge, Watercraft, Mineral Extraction, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Weapons and Power, Toxic Unnatural Chemicals, Fertilizers and the Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycle, Pesticides, Atmospheric Pollution, Ozone Hole, Light and Sound Pollution, Hazardous Waste and Superfund Sites, Synthetic Plastic, Cannabis, Ocean Garbage Patches and Beach Trash, Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands, and Oceans, Coral Reefs, Fish, Whaling, Dolphin Driving, Military Dolphins, and Sonar, Shark Finning and other Ancient Pseudo Medicines, Zoos, Pets, Fauna Experimentation, Illegal and Legal Trade of Florae and Faunae, Hunting, Extinct Species, Endangered and Threatened Species, Invasive Florae and Faunae, Forests, Soils, Intentional Industrial Related Environmental Depredations, Oils Spills, Acid Rain, Homo sapiens Clash with Nature, Coexisting with Science and Technology, Environmental Legislation, Grassroots Efforts, Simple Individual Changes, Eco-Generation, Globalization and World Government, Homo sapiens Pseudo Connection with Nature, Homo sapiens Misconception of Nature, Unwarranted Fear of Nature, Lost Connection with Nature, and many other social and environmental issues past and present. What readers have to say: "Be forewarned, if you read this book and understand it fully, you will most likely not see the world the same way ever again and will contemplate much more about the world around you, society itself, and even yourself and the lifestyle you are living." "This book will make you think more about the Earth and how truly impactful and self-destructive we are." "This book is very insightful about the impacts we are having on Earth and how we are destroying not only ourselves but the entire Earth we inhabit." "Excellent book. Very sad, but very true." "I always knew we were destroying the Earth, but never at this magnitude." "This book contains so much useful information it's like an encyclopedia of the destruction of Earth." "A must read for any conservationist, environmentalist, or anyone interested in helping to save Earth." "If you don't believe in global warming or that we are destroying not only ourselves but the entire Earth around us, read this book and you will." "The most accurate and up to date statistics on the environmental and social issues currently facing humans." “A story which urgently needs to be told. I admire both the depth of the research and the passion with which the author brings it to life. I wish I could find more things to disagree with the author about.”
Description : Alice Roberts has been travelling the world - from Ethiopian desert to Malay peninsula and from Russian steppes to Amazon basin - in order to understand the challenges that early humans faced as they tried to settle continents. On her travels she has witnessed some of the daunting and brutal challenges our ancestors had to face: mountains, deserts, oceans, changing climates, terrifying giant beasts and volcanoes. But she discovers that perhaps the most serious threat of all came from other humans. When our ancestors set out from Africa there were already two other species of human on the planet: Neanderthal in Europe and Homo erectus in Asia. Both (contrary to popular perception) were intelligent, adept at making tools and weapons and were long adapted to their environments. So, Alice asks, why did only Homo sapiens survive? Part detective story, part travelogue, and drawing on the latest genetic and archaeological discoveries, Alice examines how our ancestors evolved physically in response to these challenges, finding out how our colour, shape, size, diet, disease resistance and even athletic ability have been shaped by the range of environments that our ancestors had to survive. She also relates how astonishingly closely related we all are. As a lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University, Alice Roberts is eminently qualified to write this book. As a talented artist, she is perfectly qualified to illustrate it, and dotted throughout this lively book are many of the sketches and photographs from her travels.
Description : Creates three-dimensional scientific reconstructions for twenty-two species of extinct humans, providing information for each one on its emergence, chronology, geographic range, classification, physiology, environment, habitat, cultural achievements, coex
Description : Dr. Hedy Moscovici’s life on three continents and her battle with ovarian cancer shaped the unique co-learning and participative leadership perspective on science and mathematics education shared in this book. This text has multiple audiences – prospective and practicing teachers wanting to motivate their students to learn, science and mathematics educators mentoring teachers to become transformative intellectuals and critical pedagogues, parents interested in their children’s advancement, and interested policymakers and public wishing to deepen their understanding about learning in general and educational issues in science and mathematics. Two mottos, “I can’t learn from you if you can’t learn from me” and “to teach is to learn twice,” summarize the essence of her message. The spotlight is on the critical interdependence of factors, specifically human ability to construct understanding; necessity of disequilibrium to spark neural rewiring; cognition-emotion (pleasure vs. pain, even science or math phobia) connections; sociocultural context; dilemma created by the absence of a clearly trustworthy “learning meter” for a society valuing objective measurement of quality of learning; human relationships sustained by three R’s (rights, responsibilities, respect); and, heightened awareness of power relationships leading to a spirit of collaboration, recognition of each individual’s strengths and expertise; and critical pedagogy.
Description : Each successive generation of mankind since archaic times has been shown to exhibit significant difference in aesthetics, social behavior and physiological make up. These changes are evolutionary. This book is therefore a study of humans since archaic times and the changes that have since occurred in man. It seeks to convince the world that from apelike, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and then Homo sapiens, we are now Homo x. By exploiting Charles Darwins organic theory of evolution and recorded historical developments (social, cultural, and biological) to date, the research has proved that your child or the youth around you is most likely a higher evolved human species, or different from you. He or she is Homo x. The book highlights historical, climatic, technological, and cultural adaptation by Homo sapiens since the exit of Homo erectus, which has catapulted evolutionary transformation of man within the shortest period making Homo sapiens the fastest of the hominids in the evolution succession to have undergone complete evolution by explaining the differences in lifespan experience of each hominid. It is therefore intended to help transform our policy and legislative and cultural perspectives on nurturing our children with clear knowledge that they are indeed different from us!
Description : The beloved, award-winning novel is now a major motion picture starring 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford and Everything, Everything's Nick Robinson. ---------- Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal. ---------- Praise for Love, Simon: 'Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.' Entertainment Weekly 'I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book." Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places
Description : Linguists have standardly assumed that grammar is about identifying all and only the 'good' sentences of a language, which implies that there must be other, 'bad' sentences- but in practice most linguists know that it is hard to pin those down. The standard assumption is no more than an assumption. A century ago, grammarians did not think about their subject that way, and our book shows that the older idea was right: linguists can and should dispense with the concept 'starred sentence'. We draw on corpus data in order to support a different model of grammar, in which individuals refine positive grammatical habits to greater or lesser extents in diverse and unpredictable directions, but nothing is ever ruled out. Languages are not merely alternative methods of verbalizing universal logical forms. We use empirical evidence to shed light on the routes by which school-age children gradually expand their battery of grammatical resources, which turn out to be sometimes counter-intuitive. Our rejection of the 'starred sentence' concept has attracted considerable discussion, and we summarize the reactions and respond to our critics. The contrasting models of grammar described in this book entail contrasting pictures of human nature; our closing chapter shows that grammatical theory is not value-neutral but has an ethical dimension.