Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence Mass Market Paperback – Dec 12 1986
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Although Sagan can be excused for not knowing all the facts concerning Kekule/benzene there are other times when he seems curiously uncritical. He countenances the idea that some individuals can remember their own birth, citing his son's earliest memory, "It was red and I was cold" as reflecting his delivery by caesarean section. No doubt some people do claim to remember their births. But some people also claim to remember former lives and abductions by aliens. I would have expected Sagan to have challenged his son's statement. Had the memory been planted? Could the boy have overheard his parents talking about the event?
Despite its occasional lapses, I would still recommend The Dragons of Eden for what it is -- scientific speculation, generally interesting and often thought provoking.
Those areas in which the book is clearly a generation old (Sagan predicts that someday computers will have television like interfaces, that regular people may have access to them and that they someday may exist in peoples' homes), are endearing, yet they also exemplify Sagan's foresight and wisdom. Predictions like these, and others (such as the then-absurd notion that genetic engineering may someday become science fact), are what sets him apart. As a scientist, he is a skeptic in the purest sense, but that doesn't mean he lost his imagination and ambition. He was not a cynic.
I recommend this book to just about anyone who is a Sagan fan. However, it isn't his best work. I would certainly place either _The Demon Haunted World_ and _Billions and Billions_ above this.
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Carl Sagan never disappoints. I have read most of his books. This is a very interesting and engaging book.Published 2 months ago by Arthur Soler
Great read, great author, great knowledge to share. I gotta keep reading Carl Sagan, definitely one of our greatest thinkers.Published 20 months ago by KillerPixie
Oh my gosh. everyone should TOTALLY read this book. it will give you informative info on all your life questions. i read this book in less than 24 hours and SO CAN YOU! Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Mildred Loeser
Why is it that sometimes when you are just starting to fall asleep you "jerk" awake as if you were just about to fall - but you are safe in bed? Read morePublished on July 13 2003 by L. Howard
In The Dragons of Eden, author Carl Sagan depicts a world in which evolutionism reigns and earth's creatures develop in a mock "year" from single-celled organisms to the complex... Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by C. Gohlke
I've always considered Sagan my favorite story teller. He tells both wonderful fictional tales (like Contact), and tales that while certainly grand enough to be fiction, are... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by Robert M. Downey
I have read this book nearly 30 years after it been written and, though likely Science has gone forward, I feel that it is still valid, and that Carl Sagan has always been a great... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by A. Rodriguez Gomez
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