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Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

with Gaia Vince
Hosted by Sean Wilson

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

with Gaia Vince
Hosted by Sean Wilson
Gaia Vince - Photo by Nick Pattinson

What enabled us to progress from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires?  In Transcendence, Gaia Vince argues that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of our genes, environment, and culture that goes back into deep time. She explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals, unleashing a compounding process that launched us into the Space Age and beyond. Provocative and poetic, Transcendence shows how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvelous.

 

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