Item Details

Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

Oren Harman
Format
Book
Published
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780374150709, 0374150702
Summary
"An artful exploration of how the language of science has replaced old mythologies" --
"A brilliant, lyrical exploration of how modern science illuminates what it means to be human, from the award-winning author of The Price of Altruism. We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing-apart of a love embrace. The Greeks told of a tempestuous Hera and a cunning Zeus, but we now use genes and natural selection to explain fear and desire, and physics to demystify the workings of the universe. Science is an astounding achievement, but are we really any wiser than the ancients? Has science revealed the secrets of fate and immortality? Has it provided protection from jealousy or love? There are those who believe that science has replaced faith, but must it also be a death knell for mythology? Evolutions brings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the Earth and the Moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking Mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind's struggle with truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search."--Dust jacket.
Contents
  • Fate : the birth of the universe
  • Hubris : the creation of the solar system
  • Motherhood : the Earth and the Moon
  • Immortality : life comes to the planet
  • Love : the web of life
  • Freedom : symbiosis
  • Death : sex
  • Pride : the origins of multicellularity
  • Jealousy : the invention of the eye
  • Curiosity : onto land
  • Solitude : into the air
  • Sacrifice : return to the sea
  • Memory : the beginnings of consciousness
  • Truth : language is born
  • Hope : tricks of the mind.
Description
242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-239).
Technical Details
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