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emmett

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  • Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nick Lane
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (134)
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    (59)
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    (57)

    Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of nature's ingenuity.

    Joshua says: "Great and informative but with prior knowledge"
    "An Extraordinary Experience !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly would recommend this to friends - and have - especially somewhat brainy friends, curious about the biggest questions - the nature of the universe, how life got started and become what we see around us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of explanation and the reasoning behind evolutionary explanations laid out clearly with frank discussion of uncertainties; Lane presents the evidence across all of the scientific disciplines - genomics, paleontology, numerous areas of biology and mathematical modelling - and his book appears not to have been possible much before today, based on the technical advances in genomics and molecular analysis. Apart from being a noted scientist in the area, Lane must have broad cultural interests to inject into his style much humor and stylistic commentary that provides entertaining respites from places where he has found it appropriate to do a deep dive (from the layman's perspective) to get to the heart of the science on a matter.


    Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, This is a very good one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stranger and more exciting than any Sci-Fi.


    Any additional comments?

    Those familiar with the Drake Equation - that which derives the probability of extra-terrestrial development of intelligent life from a handful of inputs, may want to revisit their calculations. Life on earth - from its start to where it is today seems a very odd mixture of remarkably fortuitous happenstance (the nature of just one type of sub-sea vent and its related chemistry, e.g.) and near or actual inevitabilities.

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