“The book is both informational and highly engaging, in the tradition of Bill Bryson’s A Brief History of Nearly Everything, and works equally well for pleasure reading and as a substitute for a science textbook. Brodie has a gift for pithy phrases (“We humans require hierarchy but yearn for our egalitarian heritage”) that render the text deceptively simple while making it a joy to read..."


“Why Are We Here? synthesizes interdisciplinary sciences to explain how terrestrial life developed and what might threaten it in the future. Beginning with a presentation of Darwin’s theories, the book integrates the work of disciplines including geology, biochemistry, paleoanthropology, evolutionary psychology, and neuroscience as it progresses toward an opinionated exploration of potential..."

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