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

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Random House Publishing Group, 1977 - Psychology - 263 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  - Lisa - Goodreads

It was definitely a fascinating read. I don't know how anyone can still do research on primates. They clearly demonstrate intelligence and should be treated with kindness. It baffles my mind to know ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jose - Goodreads

It's noticeable dated, but anything Sagan wrote is very good. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

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