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Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books) (English Edition) de [Enriquez, Juan, Gullans, Steve]
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There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped. So unless you think Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern are the be all and end all of creation, and it just does not get any better, then one has to ask what is next? Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans, two of the world's most eminent science authors, researchers, and entrepreneurs, answer this by taking you into a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species. It is a world where our bodies harbor 100 times more microbial cells than human cells, a place where a gene cocktail may allow many more to climb an 8,000 meter peak without oxygen, and where, given the right drug, one could have a 77 percent chance of becoming a centenarian. By the end you will see a broad, and sometimes scary, map of life science driven change. Not just our bodies will be altered but our core religious, government, and social structures as humankind makes the transition to a new species, a Homo evolutis, which directly and deliberately controls its own evolution and that of many other species.

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  • Editor: TED Books (26 de enero de 2011)
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Un libro con una tematica muy interesante, pero con una estructura, ciertamente desconcertante, varios parrafos formados por una sola palabra, diferentes tipos y tamaños de letras, desde enormes y en negrita, hasta otras diminutas que ocupan una pequeña esquina de la pagina, en definitiva un caos. Muy dificil de leer a causa de esto, pero tremendamente original y despliega un gran sentido del humor para tratar temas bastante áridos, lo que se agradece bastante.
Muy recomendable.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Riveting 8 de agosto de 2013
Por B. McEwan - Publicado en
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It's hard to believe that a book with a photo of an old, bearded Englishman on the cover could be called 'riveting,' but that is exactly what Homo Evolutis is. Authors Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans are scientists who take readers on a whirlwind survey of the latest discoveries in human genetics and evolutionary biology -- and it's a tour that takes your breath away.

In short, the authors present highly compelling evidence for the argument that we humans -- homo sapiens -- (along with all the rest of the creatures in this world) are evolving...right now, in real time. The complacent view that humans are the end result of the evolutionary process is looking less and less plausible.

And it turns out that evolution does not necessarily take place over extremely long stretches of time. Rather, there is a kind of gene transfer that moves horizontally; this in addition to the more traditional understanding of genes as being passed along vertically, from one generation to the next. In horizontal gene transfer, specific genetic material is passed between organisms in a way that bypasses the reproductive process and takes place more directly. Most often this occurs between a virus or bacterium and a host animal, such as a human. Often there are other creatures in between the microbe and the human, such as a bird or a monkey or a pig. (Think bird and swine flu or a viral infection.)

All of this is presented in a clear, straightforward way that is easily understood, while at the same time being quite fantastic. I cannot recommend this little e-book highly enough, especially to readers who like science and are the kind of people who ask, "why?" I very much hope that the authors expand this small volume into a full-blown book on this most absorbing topic.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Better watch the author's TED talks or wait for the eventual hardcover 16 de junio de 2012
Por MG - Publicado en
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Watch any of Juan Enriquez presentations and you may notice the following: Short sentence. Pause. Short sentence. Silence. Then a fact(quote, picture or number) is introduced and the audience laughs.
More into his talk and again: short sentence, pause, short sentence, silence. Fact. Only this time the audience remains silent. In wonder, disbelief, awe. Of that mindboggling scientific discovery that was just revealed. And as simple as that, the speaker continues to say this happened in that lab, it is currently in experimental stage, but well in a couple of years this and that will happen and so it's not so difficult to imagine it getting applied to humans in order to solve this particular problem. And then he usually hints why not imagine it going even further, not just helping mankind(restoring health) but enhancing/upgrading mankind too? Enter Homo Evolutis. Fascinating.

I really enjoy Juan Enriquez style and his insights and I do love science and technology.
So how could this book go wrong?

First of all, I believe it tried to imitate that same speaking style which is not easy on paper. It can be tiring, I found it unpleasant personally. Especially in the introduction where not many unknown or exiting things were mentioned. I was confident it was only a humorous attempt to start the book and then a normal main essay would follow. Alas. It was all like that, a very strange style indeed. I was expecting an essay and what I got was a series of questions, statements, facts, sometimes left unanswered, sometimes answered in a provokative way, sometimes answered with humor. It would still be great stimulation and great food for thought except...except nothing much was new.

And that is my biggest complain. If you have watched some of the author's talks there are not many things you will learn reading this book. There is no further elaboration on this subject, no philosophical discussion about the impact of this kind of progress on society, even the examples used are the same. Admittedly you will learn some new(and interesting) facts but not enough to justify even the low 2.99 price of this ebook. In my opinion I believe you will be better off to go on youtube or TED and enjoy the author presenting these ideas himself or/and wait for the eventual hardcover to be published.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas and they said DNA would probably be important. 3 de agosto de 2013
Por Readaholic - Publicado en
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Many years ago when I graduated from college with a degree in biology they told me that DNA would probably be important. Guess they were right. With each page this book became more and more amazing. Who needs science fiction when Juan Enriquez can write such exciting science truth? His witty asides make this fascinating book funny as well as informative. Can't wait for the next installment. Hope it comes out soon.
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Excellent and fascinating view of the future of the evolution of man. 9 de febrero de 2013
Por R. Gonzalez - Publicado en
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Excellent and fascinating view of the future of the evolution of man. My only quibble is that the formatting of the book was somewhat inconsistent, particularly the fon sizing, which at times became a distraction. Otherwise I would give it 5 stars!

This book provides a provocative viewpoint of how our scientfic progress, particularly in the area of genomics, will change and IS changing the forces that drive the evolution of homo sapiens. The thesis of evolving into or towards a new species is interesting and well documented. It is a futuristic view well worth reading and being aware of.

As a scientist, I may say that the coverage is meant for the general public, very correct on the reporting of facts, but because of the shortness of the book, it is on the light side. Do not expect to get an in-depth or a highly technical coverage of the subject, yet it is fairly complete. Scientific purists may object to this type of book, but as Medical School professor I believe that it is important that the general public is well informed, and this small book does a great job in presenting the issues clearly and in a way they are easily understood. It raises awareness of where we are going and what the issues are. That way people will be better informed.

For the price you cannot go wrong.

I highly recommend it.
2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Horrible formatting and awkward writing 20 de diciembre de 2012
Por Michael S. - Publicado en
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Although not as unreadable as some have been suggesting, Homo Evolutis is formatted in such a way that large spacing, varying fonts and the occasionally stair-cased sentence provide an unsightly distraction. Most readers will eventually get used to it - although that isn't really a consolation. In addition to the formatting issues, the book is written in a casual way that lends itself to awkward sentences and poor jokes meant for levity that fall flat.

After viewing several of Juan Enriquez' TED Talks, one might assume that this Kindle Single might contain either a transcript or summary of these talks. Unfortunately, it doesn't. A lot of the facts and ideas from his TED Talks are missing, and this book pales in comparison to those speaking engagements.

Enriquez successfully gets his point across: a single Homo species is the exception and not the rule, and given our advances in science and technology, we are entering the era of species-directed evolution. Enriquez gives various pieces of information throughout this short book that entice us towards accepting his general hypothesis, but never enough information to truly flesh out that hypothesis - at least in a coherent way.

In several instances in the text, it is suggested that this Kindle Single is a primer for a more detailed book in the future. Hopefully that one will be better written and better organized.
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