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Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
     

Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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by Carl Sagan
 

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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 billion years ago, to the day before yesterday...It's

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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 billion years ago, to the day before yesterday...It's a delight."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345346292
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
73,823
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service.
 
His Emmy- and Peabody–winning television series, Cosmos, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called Cosmos, is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards—including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities—for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite." Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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The Dragons of Eden; Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sagan provides very interesting ideas and concepts that should be taught more often in schools. Amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.