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The Story of the Human Body

Evolution, Health, and Disease
Sprecher: Sean Runnette
Spieldauer: 14 Std. und 54 Min.
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In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of "dysevolution," a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally - provocatively - he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment.

©2013 Daniel Lieberman (P)2013 Random House Audio

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"No one understands the human body like Daniel Lieberman or tells its story more eloquently. He's found a tale inside our skin that's riveting, enlightening, and more than a little frightening." (Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run)
"Monumental: The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage that reveals how the past six million years shaped every part of us - our heads, limbs, and even our metabolism. Through Lieberman's eyes, evolutionary history not only comes alive, it becomes the means to understand, and ultimately influence, our body's future." (Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish)
"A lucid, engaging account of how the human body evolved and the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and the modern world." ( Publishers Weekly)

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the glue that connects the fragments

So much scientific and life value in such an entertaining book. You probably already know part of the facts Lieberman writes about in his book, but he has such a good way of putting the puzzle pieces together and completing the big picture. He tells us how we can strive for better health without condemning those who fail. one of the best books in the last years I have read/listened to. Bought the paperback right away.

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Erhellende und nachdenklich machende Lektüre

Auch wenn mir vieles schon bekannt war, so half mir die Lektüre dieses Buches doch, mein Wissen zu festigen und vor allem: Den Sieg über die niederen Instinkte zu erringen - Wobei das laut Lieberman gar nicht möglich ist. Stattdessen müssen wir unsere Umwelt (und damit letztlich unser Verhalten) so gestalten (lassen), dass sie uns wieder gut bekommt...

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I recommend this book

I found this Book very insightful. We all know the common prescriptions of running/being active and avoiding junk foods and too much sugar. This book provides the evolutionary context and makes the why very clear. It thereby provides a strong motivation for acting.

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A must read for everybody

Where are we coming from, why are our bodies the way they are and how can we use and nurture them today to be healthy and happy? The book gives insights and answers. Very interestingly written and read. 5 stars +

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Very well written and read!

Very informative also for somebody who wants to start a more healthy living and need to understand the nature behind the readons of today's obesity and metabolic syndrome.
In many other ways HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Educative but the "information flow" is too slow

i'm thankful to the author for so detailed, persuasive and interesting book. My only complaint is the book high repetitiveness. Every bit of information is repeated so many times that one thinks of skipping parts. I would be doing that if I were reading a paper copy. Though the repetitiveness is an advantage for the audio format - nothing goes amiss when listening in noisy public transport.