Picture of author.

About the Author

Image credit: Steve Jurvetson

Obras de Juan Enriquez

Associated Works

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable (1914) — Contribuinte — 632 cópias, 8 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum



btbell_lt | outras 3 resenhas | Aug 1, 2022 |
This is a really interesting review of genomic and evolutionary science that will shape the future of humanity.
THC-NYC | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 21, 2018 |
Is humanity now driving the evolutionary bus? Are we bypassing the slow, scenic route and speeding it down the expressway? Do we know where we're going? (Have I just overextended a metaphor?)

Seldom do I find a nonfiction book that I can't put down. This is one. It is a fascinating account of the complex interplay of things beyond genes that affect how species evolve. I highly recommend it.

Not that I don't have a gripe. It's probably petty, but "unnatural selection"? Really? Unnatural? It's not that the term is inaccurate...exactly. What the authors are emphasizing is that human actions rather than the unguided hand of natural selection is now directing how evolution proceeds. Got that, but the word "unnatural" has negative connotations, and the thrust of the book is that humanity guiding its own continued evolution isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it may be essential to our survival. Also, the word implies that what humans do, and perhaps even humans themselves, aren't natural. But it is and we are. We evolved through natural selection just like everything else, and human constructions are no less natural than termite mounds or beaver dams. All creatures affect their environment. We're just a bit more...blatant about it. The term Darwin used for selective breeding was "artificial selection", but I'm not crazy about that term either for pretty much the same reasons. How about something like "intentional selection" or even just "human selection"? Either of those, I think, would be a better choice.

Oh, and I caught one typo. It's on page 226. The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction was not "about 6 million years ago." It was about 65 million years ago. Somehow, the "5" got dropped in the edition I read (ISBN 978-1-61723-020-2).

Despite all that, this is still one of the best books I've read recently. It's informative, thought provoking, and even hopeful (with all due cautionary qualifications, of course). If you're interested in evolution or the future of humanity, this is a "must read".
… (mais)
DLMorrese | outras 2 resenhas | Oct 14, 2016 |
The well-credentialed authors of this highly footnoted, annotated, and indexed but imminently readable book make this remarkable statement: "We can design, build, and transfer whole genomes into humans within months.....transfer whole genomes into bacteria within months.... make new chromosomes within months. Millions of years' worth of evolution is being reformulated by humanity in just a few years."

What we cannot do is agree on the ethics involved. The acceptance of epigenetics as an evolutionary force is only slowly being accepted and regulations governing experimentation with humans prevent much research that would allow some of the concepts to become a reality.

I cannot recommend this book too highly! What a great bookclub selection it would make….probably have to carry discussion over to the next meeting.

One caveat: The authors are cofounders of Excel Venture Management, which builds start-ups in synthetic biology, big data, and new genetic technologies, necessitating a certain caution in acceptance of everything they've written, but not invalidating the concepts.
… (mais)
Jeannine504 | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 23, 2016 |

You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by

Tabelas & Gráficos