If the description would have included the fact that the author refers to sex as often as possible.
I was never into sex books to begin with. I still like medical books, which I thought this would be, but it's not.
I would like to return this book
Not really. The information is really interesting and well-organized, but the reader's style was really irritating to me, so it was hard to enjoy. I believe the kindle or hard copy of the book would have been better.
He was reading serious scientific information as if it were almost comedy, way too silly, way too energetic to a point of being distracting from the content, not enhancing it.
The book was a little repetitive and I don't care for the reader, but it still relates very interesting and relevant facts about the brain. It wasn't a bad book, just could have been better.
Near the top, but not at the top. It contained some truly fascinating case studies, but I ended up wishing there were more case studies and less policy discussion.
The overall lessons are really interesting and valuable, but at times there was too much detail about the behind-the-scenes movements that a person doesn't really need to know. One does end up learning how the US arrives at policies for different types of defense strategies, including this one. I am glad I listened to it - I just think a potential reader should know it's almost at an academic level, not just a popular one. That's fine with me, but not everyone would enjoy the depth.
I loved they way he made sense of modern diseases and conditions against the background of our evolutionary human experience. He does this with tremendous sensitivity to our attachment to modern cultural traditions, so that one doesn't end up feeling attacked or guilty about the evolutionary mis-matches, just more aware of their existence and how to minimize health problems from this perspective.
His explanation of dentition and its relationship to modern types of food is really interesting. I had no idea that cavities and impacted wisdom teeth were modern problems that are entirely preventable by changing one's eating habits, especially for children.
His explanations of prehistoric peoples' movement level relative to ours was really fascinating. I always knew that our sedentary lifestyle causes problems, but I never understood "sedentary relative to what?" Once he explained how humans and other hominids lived and moved and functioned prior to settling down and establishing farms, I really understood why our modern sitting/driving/lazing-around has such a massive impact on our health, and in so many diverse areas (cardiovascular, brain, emotional well-being, skeletal resilience, etc)
Our human past illuminates your health
I really liked this book, it was kind of addictive. I learned so many valuable principles for health maintenance, and the author is an extremely intelligent person who has devoted decades of study to these issues. I highly recommend this book.
Fascinating, well-researched, engaging
When he explained that when children are read stories about race relations in which the hero is African American, they still end up thinking that the white characters did the admirable things. This effect is somewhat offset if their teachers explicitly tell them otherwise.
No, but I definitely looked for occasions to keep reading more - like finding housework to do or go for a walk.
The case studies are remarkably interesting and well-researched. I learned unexpected concepts that alter they way I process situations now. Shankar Vedantam also shows incredible sensitivity to his interview subjects, which makes me think he is a good person. I highly recommend this book - Vedantam deserves more attention as a journalist.
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