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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive analysis of how evolution has made us what we are today, 4 Mar 2014
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A very comprehensive analysis of how evolution has shaped human development and how this does not really match with modern lifestyles.
I found the level pitched about right, not too technical but assuming some general background knowledge. It provided some real insights into how some modern "diseases" are the consequence of our lifestyles changing much faster than evolution and how cultural evolution is replacing genetic evolution in some circumstances. Whilst not dwelling on possible "cures", it becomes very apparent that sensible modifications of lifestyle and diet might provide some benefits in quality of life as we age. He takes a common-sense approach, advocating achievable changes rather than revolutionary ones.
Daniel tries to give balanced views and references which help to show that this is not an exact science - there is still much uncertainty and much work to be done. Occasionally the lack of references in a section gives a clue that a particular view may be a personal one.
It was overlong with a lot of repetition, I got the feeling that the author was aiming for a target shelf width - otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
It has certainly provided me with enough evidence to motivate myself to make some modifications to my lifestyle.
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