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Primate Change

Narrated by: Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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If you think you are you, think again. 

Primate Change is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition. 

In the last 200 years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too. 

Primate Change beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now. 

'Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response.’ 

Author bio: Vybarr Cregan-Reid is an author and academic. He is Reader in English & Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Kent. His most recent book is Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human (Ebury 2016), which reviewers called 'delightful', 'impassioned and energetic', and 'a blazing achievement'. He has written widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment for the BBC, the Guardian, The Independent, The Big Issue, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Washington Post, The I Newspaper, Wanderlust, Literary Review and New Zealand Herald, and he has appeared on Radio 4 and Sky News.

©2018 Vybarr Cregan-Reid (P)2018 Octopus Publishing Group

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  • Rannoch Donald
  • 08-06-19

Thoughtful and timely.

A wonderful antidote to our quick fix culture with a focus on the social, historical and cultural developments that have brought us here. Delighted that it's narrated by the author which always seems to add something to the delivery.

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  • Peter Richardson
  • 05-07-19

A wake up call

Cregan-Reid brings great breadth as well as depth from his research. He writes with empathy and humour that makes the subject come alive. I like his narrative style. I can also heartily recommend his book Footnotes, especially if you're a runner, though you don't need to be.

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  • Herbert Trabanino
  • 03-04-19

Must-read for anyone who is in healthcare.

An essential read/listen for anybody working in healthcare or who is looking to change their lifestyle to improve their health.

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  • ms alexandra payne
  • 12-22-18

Fantastic and timely!

What a great book - clearly assessing the impacts of man's 'progress' on the human body

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  • AOF
  • 11-11-18

An important book

This is a fascinating listen which explores the problems resulting from the mismatch between our bodies and the modern world we live in. The book is very well researched and the author is able to present complex information in an accessible way, resulting in an absorbing narrative. I was shocked by some of the statistics the author uncovers, such as the massive increases in things like allergies and short sightedness in a relatively small period of time. The ‘turning back’ sections are great - giving advice on how to undo/prevent these problems.

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 02-05-19

Largely incorrect

The author is a vegetarian, so his understanding of nutrition is entirely wrong. As a result, the book is deeply flawed, not only useless but positively harmful and dangerous. There are much better books on the subject - Donaldson’s Strong Medicine, Stefansson’s The Fat of the Land, Price's Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-18

very good book

author shows real care about topic and is very informative, great book and very eye opening