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Category: World
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Author: Spencer Wells
ISBN: 1400166268
ISBN13: 978-1400166268
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (June 8, 2010)
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As Spencer Wells says in his book, Pandora's Seed, the . Well-written, a clear and fascinating story of mankind's advance into civilization over time, along with the costs of those advances, which wouold no have been known or understood as it progressed

As Spencer Wells says in his book, Pandora's Seed, the transition to permanent settlements led "from villages to cities, which joined in empires with written records to pass on to future generations. What before was lost to posterity or decayed into vague myth was now written in stone. Numerous authors have dealt with this historical transition and its impact. Well-written, a clear and fascinating story of mankind's advance into civilization over time, along with the costs of those advances, which wouold no have been known or understood as it progressed. Even now, we often fail to see some of the problems we have "inherited" as the costs of that advance.

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Pandora’s Seed is an eye-opening book for anyone fascinated by the past and concerned about the future. After reading Wells’ The Journey of Man and loving it, I couldn’t wait to dig into Pandora’s Seed, which promised to illuminate how advanced the hunter-gatherer societies were and what modern man.

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Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization, 2010 (Random House, US; Penguin, UK; Contact, Netherlands; Codice, Italy; Eksmo, Russia; Nika Center, Ukraine; Commonwealth, Taiwan; Eulyoo, Korea; Kagaku-Dojin, Japan; Shanghai BBT, China). 2000 – The Difference (Channel Four, UK). 2002 – The Real King and Queen (Discovery Channel). 2003 – Journey of Man (PBS/National Geographic Channel) – CINE Golden Eagle award. 2004 – Quest for the Phoenicians (PBS).

Pandora's Seed takes us on a powerful and provocative globe-trotting tour of human history, back . Spencer Wells provides a discussion of the differences between our hunter gatherer past and our more recent farming based lifestyle

Pandora's Seed takes us on a powerful and provocative globe-trotting tour of human history, back to a seminal event roughly 10,000 years ago, when our species made a radical shift in its way of life: we became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers, setting in motion a momentous chain of events that could not have been foreseen at the time.

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Book Condition: As New; Dustjacket: As New Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization. Full title: Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization. Author: Spencer Wells. BZDB1 NOISBN Science & Technology; Anthropology. In The Journey of Man, rewned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells traced human evolution back to our earliest ancestors, creating a remarkable and readable map of our distant past.

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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 millennia, to the wheat fields of the Fertile Crescent and the rice paddies of southern China. It was at that point that our species made a radical shift in its way of life. We had spent millions of years of evolution eking out a living as hunter-gatherers. When we learned how to control our food supply, though, we became as gods-we controlled the world rather than it controlling us. But with godliness comes responsibility. By sowing seeds thousands of years ago, we were also sowing a new culture-one that has come with many unforeseen costs.Taking us on a 10,000-year tour of human history and a globe-trotting fact-finding mission, Pandora's Seed charts the rise to power of Homo agriculturis and the effect this radical shift in lifestyle has had on us.Focusing on three key trends as the final stages of the agricultural population explosion play out over this century, Wells speculates on the significance of our newfound ability to modify our genomes to better suit our unnatural culture, fast-forwarding our biological adaptation to the world we have created. But what do we stand to lose in the process? Climate change, a direct result of billions of people living in a culture of excess accumulation, threatens the global social and ecological fabric. It will force a key shift in our behavior, as we learn to take the welfare of future generations into account. Finally, the rise of religious fundamentalism over the past half-century is explained as part of a backlash against many of the trends set in motion by the agricultural population explosion and its inherent inequality. Ultimately, the world's present state of crisis will force us to evolve culturally, but can we self-correct our culture to solve these problems that we ourselves, in our race to succeed, have caused?
Comments to eBook Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
Phallozs Dwarfs
I have a B.S. in Biology and found this book to be in-depth science told in an easily readable way. If you are a layman who is keenly interested in everything science, than this book will seamlessly bridge that gap.

You will learn about the gene for lactose tolerance, why and when it came about, and what it means about homo sapiens history. Best of all, it will be conveyed in a gripping manner that feels more like entertainment than learning, which aids tremendously in retention.

As a whole, what you will get is the story of Homo sapiens rise over the last 200,000 years. As our amazing journey from quaint beginnings to global hegemony unfolds you'll learn how and why we know what we know about our history.
Beazerdred
I have to hand it to Spencer Wells. He's a master at explaining scientific data and making a subject that might seem dry and academic come alive. In Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization he takes on the topic of early man's transition from hunter-gatherer to an argicultural basis 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic revolution. Using his background in population genetics, Wells makes the case that in opting for the settled lives of farmers our early ancestors set us on a path toward civilization.

Little did our ancestors know that along with farming, they were also sowing the seeds of overpopulation, disease, obesity, mental illness, climate change and even violent fundamentalism. At least according to Pandora's Seed.

I enjoyed the early chanpters of this book where Wells discussed early man. His points about farming and early urbanization are clearly made, as are his ideas that the plentiful supply of food that could be grown rather than searched for set the stage for the development of diseases like diabetes. But as he delved into other topics it seemed like his ideas were less based on science and more on conjecture. I first noticed this in his chapter on mental illness, but it carried through the rest of the book.

By the time I finished the chapters on climate change and religious fundamentalism it felt like Wells was stretching his ideas almost to the breaking point. Granted, he didn't say anything I disagree with; but it was starting to feel less like science and more like an agenda.

Wells has much of interest to say. I just wish he'd be a little more clear when he's speaking for science and when he's speaking for himself.
Duktilar
The enormous change brought about by the invention of agriculture is well documented. As Spencer Wells says in his book, Pandora's Seed, the transition to permanent settlements led "from villages to cities, which joined in empires with written records to pass on to future generations. What before was lost to posterity or decayed into vague myth was now written in stone." Numerous authors have dealt with this historical transition and its impact. (Probably one of the best such books is Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.) Mr Wells however has added a significant new dimension to the analysis. Humans guided the evolution of the plants and animals that they domesticated, but there is now genetic evidence that shows that humans were in turn themselves affected by these changes. Geneticists have now discovered numerous recent mutations to the human genome which resulted from the abrupt change in our environment and our diet. The story which the author develops explains in detail both the scope of these changes and the fact that the impact of those genetic mutations and the dramatic shift in the human environment is still unfolding. He goes on to consider the potential future impact of the tools which geneticists have now developed, which could permit designer children as in the movie Gattica. Thus the initial chapters of the book are powerful and enormously important.

Mr Wells is best when he is talking about genetic science, which he knows in depth. However, he also tackles issues such as our contemporary environmental challenge, psychiatric disorders and religious fundamentalism. I found these secondary discussions interesting in terms of the questions that are raised but ultimately they remain rather shallow and simplistic. For example he writes at length about the conflict between science and religion (or as he terms it mythos vs. logos) but he ends up sitting on the fence. I accept the dilemma that humans seek meaning as well as knowledge. But we need to take a position so as to sift away the myths of the past that frequently impair rather than enhance our capacity for adapting to the challenges of the contemporary world. Ultimately, as Karen Armstrong has written, humans will always tell myths just as they produce art. But the beauty of art (pun intended) is that art can provide meaning and depth to our lives without the risk of confusing it with knowledge or truth. Again Mr Wells analyzes the problem but leaves us stranded without direction.

In the final chapter the author summarizes the issues which suggest humanity is on an unsustainable and catastrophic course. He then proposes a `solution' by suggesting that we need to learn to `want less.' As a rallying call this slogan makes sense. But again it is a rather hollow call. The only realistic way we might bring about such a major change in the course of history is via regulation (and global regulation at that). The road to this goal will be arduous and will require that we build consensus, while defeating misplaced ideas and beliefs. Mr Wells has left us with just the slogan and no further practical guidance. But it is an important an important start and Pandora's Seed is an important book despite my few critical comments.

David Hillstrom
Author of The Bridge
Dozilkree
Well-written, a clear and fascinating story of mankind's advance into civilization over time, along with the costs of those advances, which wouold no have been known or understood as it progressed. Even now, we often fail to see some of the problems we have "inherited" as the costs of that advance.
fire dancer
In Pandora's Seed Wells not only informs but also challenges. The book is well written and interesting for the non-scientist. It gives a broad view of what we usually consider the progress of the human race and leads the reader to understand the hidden consequences of that progress.
Eseve
If you are even remotely interested in how we (humans) arrived at our present state, this book will prove to be as fascinating as anything you have ever read. I won't go into the details other than to say that the author's ability to explain the complexities of population genetics is in large part one of the books' values. I found it worth reading several times- the first time as the MP3 audio version and then as a paper book so that I could mull over some of the more complex topics. Absolutely worth several reads and the author himself is excellent at narrating it.
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