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Evolving Ourselves - How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth-logo

Evolving Ourselves - How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth

Juan Enriquez

A sweeping, paradigm-shifting account of how evolution is no longer driven just by nature but also by human choices Why are conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at unprecedented rates? Why are we living longer, getting smarter, having far fewer kids? If Darwin was alive today, how would he explain this new world? Today's humans have developed such profound capabilities for redesigning bacteria, plants, animals, and ourselves that random mutation and natural selection are no longer the primary determinants of which species survive and how they change over time. Evolution is now increasingly driven by two forces: Unnatural Selection (what lives and dies has to do with human desires and choices, not the natural ability to reproduce and thrive) and Nonrandom Mutation (our techniques have gotten so precise that we can drastically alter the genetics of any life form). Evolving Ourselves is a chronicle of how life is evolving to meet our specs and choices, of how we can change our own biology, and of the unintended consequences for future generations. It proves that how we use our enormous power over life forms and our ability to engineer new environments will determine nothing less than the survival of humanity.

A sweeping, paradigm-shifting account of how evolution is no longer driven just by nature but also by human choices Why are conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at unprecedented rates? Why are we living longer, getting smarter, having far fewer kids? If Darwin was alive today, how would he explain this new world? Today's humans have developed such profound capabilities for redesigning bacteria, plants, animals, and ourselves that random mutation and natural selection are no longer the primary determinants of which species survive and how they change over time. Evolution is now increasingly driven by two forces: Unnatural Selection (what lives and dies has to do with human desires and choices, not the natural ability to reproduce and thrive) and Nonrandom Mutation (our techniques have gotten so precise that we can drastically alter the genetics of any life form). Evolving Ourselves is a chronicle of how life is evolving to meet our specs and choices, of how we can change our own biology, and of the unintended consequences for future generations. It proves that how we use our enormous power over life forms and our ability to engineer new environments will determine nothing less than the survival of humanity.
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A sweeping, paradigm-shifting account of how evolution is no longer driven just by nature but also by human choices Why are conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at unprecedented rates? Why are we living longer, getting smarter, having far fewer kids? If Darwin was alive today, how would he explain this new world? Today's humans have developed such profound capabilities for redesigning bacteria, plants, animals, and ourselves that random mutation and natural selection are no longer the primary determinants of which species survive and how they change over time. Evolution is now increasingly driven by two forces: Unnatural Selection (what lives and dies has to do with human desires and choices, not the natural ability to reproduce and thrive) and Nonrandom Mutation (our techniques have gotten so precise that we can drastically alter the genetics of any life form). Evolving Ourselves is a chronicle of how life is evolving to meet our specs and choices, of how we can change our own biology, and of the unintended consequences for future generations. It proves that how we use our enormous power over life forms and our ability to engineer new environments will determine nothing less than the survival of humanity.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve Gullans, Rob Shapiro

Length:

10h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:12


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:36


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:10


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:33


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:59


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:26


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:50


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:59


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:46


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:24


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:28


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:04


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:40


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:42


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:38


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:40