The Resource Evolutions : fifteen myths that explain our world, Oren Harman

Evolutions : fifteen myths that explain our world, Oren Harman

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Evolutions : fifteen myths that explain our world
Title
Evolutions
Title remainder
fifteen myths that explain our world
Statement of responsibility
Oren Harman
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An artful exploration of how the language of science has replaced old mythologies" --
  • "A brilliant, lyrical exploration of how modern science illuminates what it means to be human, from the award-winning author of The Price of Altruism. We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing-apart of a love embrace. The Greeks told of a tempestuous Hera and a cunning Zeus, but we now use genes and natural selection to explain fear and desire, and physics to demystify the workings of the universe. Science is an astounding achievement, but are we really any wiser than the ancients? Has science revealed the secrets of fate and immortality? Has it provided protection from jealousy or love? There are those who believe that science has replaced faith, but must it also be a death knell for mythology? Evolutions brings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the Earth and the Moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking Mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind's struggle with truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search."--Dust jacket
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Harman, Oren Solomon
Dewey number
201/.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL313
LC item number
.H37 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Myth
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Science
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Evolutions : fifteen myths that explain our world, Oren Harman
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Fate : the birth of the universe -- Hubris : the creation of the solar system -- Motherhood : the Earth and the Moon -- Immortality : life comes to the planet -- Love : the web of life -- Freedom : symbiosis -- Death : sex -- Pride: the origins of multi-cellularity -- Jealousy : the invention of the eye -- Curiosity : onto land -- Solitude : into the air -- Sacrifice : return to the sea -- Memory : the beginnings of consciousness -- Truth : language is born -- Hope : tricks of the mind
Control code
on1004919591
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780374150709
Lccn
2017047954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1282940
  • (Sirsi) o1004919591
  • (OCoLC)1004919591
Label
Evolutions : fifteen myths that explain our world, Oren Harman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fate : the birth of the universe -- Hubris : the creation of the solar system -- Motherhood : the Earth and the Moon -- Immortality : life comes to the planet -- Love : the web of life -- Freedom : symbiosis -- Death : sex -- Pride: the origins of multi-cellularity -- Jealousy : the invention of the eye -- Curiosity : onto land -- Solitude : into the air -- Sacrifice : return to the sea -- Memory : the beginnings of consciousness -- Truth : language is born -- Hope : tricks of the mind
Control code
on1004919591
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780374150709
Lccn
2017047954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1282940
  • (Sirsi) o1004919591
  • (OCoLC)1004919591

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