Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe

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Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began and how we humans evolved to play such a dominant role on Earth?John Hands’s extraordinarily ambitious quest is to bring together this scientific knowledge and evaluate without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness, and humankind.This astonishing book provides the most comprehensive account yet of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest possible prose it differentiates the firmly established from the speculative and examines the claims of various fields such as string theory to approach a unified theory of everything. In doing so it challenges the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma.Its striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the unique emergence in humans of a self-reflective consciousness that enables us to determine our future evolution.This groundbreaking book is destined to become a classic of scientific thinking.(67 black and white illustrations)

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John Hands has devoted more than ten years to evaluating scientific theories about human evolution from the origin of the universe. He graduated in chemistry from the University of London and co-authored two research studies and published one book in the social sciences. He was the founding Director of the Government’s Co-operative Housing Agency and served on three Government committees. He has tutored in both physics and management studies for the Open University and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at University College London. He has written three novels and been published in 8 countries.

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“In this audacious, ambitious, and philosophically completist study, Hands leads an interdisciplinary search through all the current human knowledge that may help answer two burning questions: What are we, and where do we come from? The result is a pearl of dialectical reasoning between Hands and the most celebrated experts he can find. In today’s age of specialization, readers will welcome this throwback to the days of the well-informed layperson, conversant and opinionated in a variety of topics. Hands grounds his musings in logic and scientific fact to produce a thoughtful treatise for the eternally curious”
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A thoughtful, well-written volume”
- Library Journal

“[A] Book of astonishing ambition and scope.”
- TLS (A Best Book of the Year)

“A compendious work that will intrigue serious readers”
- Kirkus

“This is a truly exceptional piece of work.”
- Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

“A magisterial, persuasive and thought provoking survey of the horizons of modern science.”
- Dr James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine

“This book is an intellectual tour-de-force...highly recommended for anyone wishing to get a deeper insight into the fundamental but typically arcane theories that purport to explain where we and the universe that surrounds us are coming from.”
- Professor Francis Heylighen, Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group, Free University of Brussels

“A major accomplishment”
- Professor James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A View From The 21st Century

“Any conventional Darwinist (and I am one of them) will find a lot to take exception to: but disagreement is the fuel of progress and if you enjoy an argument this is the book for you.”
- Professor Steve Jones, author of The Language of the Genes

“An audacious and admirable book...written with engaging style, and the strongest scientific ideas across a swathe of fields in physics and biology are presented lucidly”
- Larry Steinman, Professor of Neurological Science, Stanford University

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