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Shadows of forgotten ancestors : a search for who we are

Author: Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan
ISBN: 0394534816 9780394534817
OCLC Number: 25675747
Description: xvi, 505 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: On earth as it is in heaven --
Snowflakes fallen on the hearth --
What makest thou --
A gospel of dirt --
Life is just a three-letter word --
Us and them --
When fire was new --
Sex and death --
What thin partitions... --
The next-to-last remedy --
Dominance and submission --
The rape of Caenis --
The ocean of becoming --
Gangland --
Mortifying reflections --
Lives of the apes --
Admonishing the conqueror --
The Archimedes of the Macaques --
What is human --
The animal within --
Shadows of forgotten ancestors.
Responsibility: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan.
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World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.

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