Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence [NOOK Book]

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Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and their amazing links to recent discoveries.
"A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen...
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Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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Overview

Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and their amazing links to recent discoveries.
"A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday...It's a delight."
THE NEW YORK TIMES


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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Broca's Brain and Cosmos takes us on a powerful and compelling voyage to the inner space between our ears, offering his vivid insight into the brain of man and beast, the origins of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and their amazing links to recent discoveries. Illustrations and photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307801005
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 82,349
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Cosmic Calendar 11
2 Genes and Brains 19
3 The Brain and the Chariot 51
4 Eden as a Metaphor: The Evolution of Man 85
5 The Abstractions of Beasts 111
6 Tales of Dim Eden 133
7 Lovers and Madmen 161
8 The Future Evolution of the Brain 197
9 Knowledge is Our Destiny: Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Intelligence 237
Acknowledgments 249
Bibliography 251
Glossary 261
Index 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    Dragons of Eden was ahead of its time

    It's 2007, 30 years after Sagan wrote this essay on the evolution of human intelligence, and while it shows its age, it also gives Sagan the feel of a prognosticator. Many of the theories put forth herein have since been proved true, and many others, while remaining unsolved, have evidence pointing in Mr Sagan's favor. I don't have the background in biology to critically examine his description of the structures of the brain, but he did an excellent job laying out the formative processes involved in the evolution and growth of the cognizance of humans from their distant animal relatives. All in all, I am terribly glad that this book found its way into my hands, and I look forward to rereading it soon. To anyone remotely interested in the formation of the human brain, and of the evolution of intelligence, I can not recommend this book highly enough.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Sagan provides very interesting ideas and concepts that should b

    Sagan provides very interesting ideas and concepts that should be taught more often in schools. Amazing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Learning about our origins.

    I first became interested in Carl Sagan through his t.v. special "Cosmos" and for Christmas I received a few of his books to read. While "The Dragons of Eden" isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, I would urge anyone that's even the smallest bit interested in learning the inner workings of our minds to read this book. Though some of the chapters seemed to fly by, when I reread sections Sagan's narrative all made the mysteries of the world less foreign and more understandable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    que bichos complicados que somos!

    me encanto! me gusta como te atrapa y hace participar en las deducciones de las teorias, te hace pensar informandote no afirmando arbitrariamente cosas. me hizo pensar de lo complicada que es nuestra fisiologia y que ligado que esta esto a nuestra inteligencia, y lo complicado de ella. me parece que es cientifico el que lo lea le tiene que interesar el tema , nuestra evolucion y porque llegamos hasta aca. todos los libros que lei de sagan me hacen pensar , saco en conclusion que somos capaces de estar mucho mejor pero hay tambien la partes del humano entrevero de lo inteligente y lo animal que no nos lleva por buen camino(como conjunto toda la humanidad). de todas formas es interesante que uno se plantee estas cosas y estos libros ayudan a esto mismo.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    Dragons of Eden

    This book is great. It got me interested in how animals have evolved through time. I learned many interesting things about the brain, and about things like dreams. It was written with Carl Sagan's personal charm and flair. It was sometimes hard to get but Sagan makes it easy enough for almost anyone to understand. Read this book if you enjoy learning about the brain!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    Great Book

    This was my first time reading a book about science. It gave an intriguing view of how the human mind works and how it evolved. I can't even began to express how much I learned from this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    Interesting

    This book included many intrueging facts about the human mind, but was hard to get into and I felt as though I was reading a textbook.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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