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on 4 October 2013
Reading this book is like stepping from the Stone age into Godhood. It's like moving from "the world is flat" to landing on the moon.
Everything we ever believed about ourselves and our complexity gets binned and our eyes are opened to what really makes us tick.
And even this giant step forward is seemingly just a first step miraculous medical progress that is beyond our present imagination.
What frightens me is that each description of this practically isolated scientific progress is not even understood by scientists in other fields of research and therefore is an unregulated and highly risky tampering in many cases.
It is a frightening, enlightening, awesome must read for everyone and will blow the minds of "A" level science teachers.
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on 12 February 2011
I have to agree with J. Pullman that the formatting was really off putting and only stuck with the book because of the amazing subject matter. I suspect if there is a ted talk video of a similar title, it will be identical to this book. The writing was punchy and conversational which is what I would expect for a presentation, but not for a book.

Science writing doesn't need to be quirky to capture your audience.

Do yourself a favour and send a sample chapter to your kindle compatible device.
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on 9 February 2011
This is a terrific read, packed full of facts and arguments. I found the presentation of it slightly off-putting though, lots of single sentences, changes in font size etc., but these niggles are more than made up for by the excellence of the content.
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on 5 September 2013
The best that I can say for this is that it is (at times) humorous and is mercifully short. The central premise that Homo Sapiens is poised for a speciation event is poorly evidenced and based on a ropey understanding of genetics and evolution. It's really a book about trans-humanism rather than evolution and in that context has some interesting nuggets of information and speculation about performance enhancing technologies currently available and the possibility that they will be used "off label" to create super humans. But this is not evolution and certainly not likely to drive a speciation event. But the most irritating thing about this book is its quirky paragraphing and mixtures of font styles and sizes that make the 'argument' difficult to follow and even harder to take seriously.
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on 13 November 2012
A small book with big ideas. Very interesting topics of discussion especially if you like to keep up to date with anthropology and social sciences. Wonderful read, cannot recommend enough!
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on 24 November 2013
A good but short read. Lots of ideas but the presentation style is somewhat off putting. Does put into context how we are just one more in a chain of evolution, with us bring the lucky ones to have survived. Worth the price.
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on 5 November 2014
Interesting, well presented facts and relevant, up to date asides made for an interesting read. I did want it to continue and expand the topics though.
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