Joel B. Gordon

St. Paul, MN
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  • Unbound

  • How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink
  • By: Richard L. Currier
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 38
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Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us from the limitations of our animal origins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not mind blowing

  • By Arthur W. Brown on 01-13-19

Good facts, not much else

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Reviewed: 10-30-16

This is the book Jared Diamond would have written, had Jared Diamond been deprived of vision or originality. It covers the cultural and, to a significant degree, the physical evolution of hominids from earlier life forms till the hopes and fears of the future. It is a successful compilation of good information and accepted theory, with a lot of well articulated declarations of the obvious, and, here and there, some juicy surprises. But lacking is any interesting focus or vision, other than, if we choose wisely, we can survive; if not... well, you know. It's the grandeur of human evolution in pedestrian wrap. I learned many good things, but I wish there had been more.

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