- Popular Science
A Daily Telegraph and TLS Book of the Year
Winner of the Scientific & Medical Network Book Prize for 2016
WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHY DO WE EXIST?
In this groundbreaking book, John Hands examines current scientific knowledge about human evolution from primordial energy at the beginning of the universe, and controversially argues that many of the ideas we assume to be true – such as the Big Bang and the selfish gene – are, in fact, contradicted by new evidence.
Unbiased, incisive and written with enviable clarity for both the general reader and the specialist, Cosmosapiens reveals that this new evidence shows an underlying pattern of cooperation, complexification and convergence. As a result of this accelerating evolutionary process, we humans are the only species on Earth which possesses self-reflective consciousness – a quality which enables us to determine our own evolutionary future.
‘An audacious tour by a single author of all that science can teach us about the origin and evolution of humanity in the universe, start to finish. It’s encyclopedic sweep can be read straight through or browsed in parts of special interest’ Edward O. Wilson
'Lucid and intelligible to non-specialists… a book of astonishing ambition and scope' Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year
'Asks the really big questions - what are we, where do we come from, and why do we exist?... A really important piece of work' Monocle 24
'An invaluable, encyclopaedic achievement' A. N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year
'Shocking and invigorating' Nicholas Blincoe, Daily Telegraph Book of the Year
'From dark energy to the selfish gene, Hands looks at how we know what we know... [an] ever-fascinating subject' Observer
'Virtuosically ambitious… explores the question of human evolution from the origins of the universe' i
'Thought provoking, super interesting read, guaranteed to get your grey matter working' The Sun
'A magisterial, persuasive and thought-provoking survey of the horizons of modern science' James Le Fanu, author of The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
'This is the greatest story ever told... we are the first generation to be able to hold in our mind's eye the whole history of the universe from the moment it started until yesterday... unbelievably thrilling, and John tells it terribly well... terrific' James LeFanu, Spectator Books Podcast
‘Hands summarises the limitations of science… and reflects on our evolution as an inevitable cosmic process… his massive, heavily referenced book inspires us to augment our being’ Nexus
'This groundbreaking book will surely become a classic of scientific thinking. It should be on the shelf of anyone who has ever asked “What are we?” and “Why are we here?' huffingtonpost.com