The dragons of Eden: speculations on the evolution of human intelligence

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Ballantine Books, Apr 1, 1978 - Medical - 271 pages
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Dr. Carl Sagan Takes Us on a Great Reading Adventure, Offering his Vivid and Startling Insight Into the Brain of Man and Beast, the Origin of Human Intelligence, the Function of our Most Haunting Legends -- and Their Amazing Links to Recent Discoveries. Book jacket.

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A delightful easy read full of tremendous insight. - Goodreads
facinating, educational, thought provoking - Goodreads
His enthusiasm is contagious, and his prose is lucid. - Goodreads
The plot is nicely developed by the author. - Goodreads
Scientific explanations for myth are as a rule awesome. - Goodreads
I love reading about research on the human brain. - Goodreads

Review: Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

User Review  - Joey Sigmon - Goodreads

this book is good as an introduction to human evolution as well as human brain development. However there are certain concepts that have been discredited since the writing of this book such as the oversimplification of the triune brain model. Read full review

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User Review  - Arun Divakar - Goodreads

The most hauting question that this book poses is this : Chimpanzees can abstract. Like other mammals, they are capable of strong emotions.Why, exactly, all over the civilized world, in virtually ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Cosmic Calendar
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Genes and Brains
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Copyright

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About the author (1978)

Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking and Voyager missions to the planets and briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. He helped solve many mysteries in planetary science from the high temperature of Venus to the seasonal changes on Mars. For his unique contributions, he was awarded the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievment and for Distinguished Public Service (twice), as well as the Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonautics Federation, the John F. Kennedy Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education.

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