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The Human Age - The World Shaped By Us

Diane Ackerman

“Our relationship with nature has changed . . . radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.” Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures—a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

“Our relationship with nature has changed . . . radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.” Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures—a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.
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“Our relationship with nature has changed . . . radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.” Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures—a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Caruso

Length:

12h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

44:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

33:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

45:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

41:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

46:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

48:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:47