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Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
     

Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization

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by Spencer Wells
 

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This new book by Spencer Wells, the internationally known geneticist, anthropologist, author, and director of the Genographic Project, focuses on the seminal event in human history: mankind's decision to become farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. What do terrorism, pandemic disease, and global warming have in common? To find the answer we need to go back ten

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Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TheOneAndOnly319 More than 1 year ago
Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization By: Spencer Wells This book is something that someone should read because it is factual, interesting and something that people who don't have a "scientific" mind can understand. Throughout the book the author provides information about genetics, the human genome, facts of how human genes have evolved to fit how we go about our everyday life, and how our genes are the key that link us to the past, and will help to map out our future. When doing this, he use the scientific terms but then describes them in away anyone could understand. His use of analogies or reference to familiar things made it easier to grasp his argument. There was nothing that came across to me that Wells did that detracted from the content of the book. Every chapter, and sub-chapter, stayed true to his argument and left a certain constant flow to the book. Overall I would say that I liked this book. It was definitely an enjoyable read. His view and studies on evolution opened my mind to things that I had never thought of before. This book would be most appropriate for people seventeen and older, or someone who is able to comprehend a more elevated level of literature.
FinnGoldfish More than 1 year ago
All beings, no matter species, size, or shape, each share a common building block that defines them. DNA is the code that is written in every living creature that inhabits this planet. Spencer Wells takes the audience of Pandora's Seed on an adventure from the beginnings of humanoid existence all the way to what is has become today. By looking at the human genome, Wells is able to show the evolution of man through the ages. He goes further to expand on how our evolution is leading us to the bleeding edge of industrialization and total dominance over the world, along with the fact that we have driven ourselves into malaria, diabetes, obesity, and even mental illness. Wells detracts from the content of the book when he stretches some of his information to make it fit his ideologies, found in the later parts of the book. I particularly enjoyed the way Wells was able to become immersed in very complex topics and translate them into common jargon. This makes it a suitable read for a slightly more educated or older audience since he does maintain a quick pace when explaining the various topics. This is a book someone should read to get a better grasp of who we are as a species, to know where we have come from, and to hopefully predict where we will be going. Overall it was a great eye opener to see how complex our historical yellow brick road actually is.
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