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HOW TO MAKE A HUMAN BEING

 

A Body of Evidence

 

CHRISTOPHER POTTER

A sort of commonplace book full of paradox and conflicting ideas, shocking facts and redemptive anecdotes, turbulent with two or three millennia of human thought  by turns pessimistic and celebratory, mawkish and solemn  The source material is wonderfully diverse.  [‘How To Make A Human Being’] has great fun bringing the work of canonical writers together with a loose philosophical examination of some of the big existential questions  Very enjoyable. Guardian

 

Christopher Potter’s first book, “You Are Here”, was a dazzling introduction for non-scientists to cutting-edge physics  Potter now focuses inward, turning from physics to neuroscience, biology and philosophy. He asks not “where are we?”, but “who are we?” — and finds that science does not have half the answers it thinks. Still, science’s best efforts, as gathered here, feel pretty rich and wonderful  A clever, subtle, enjoyable book. Sunday Times

 

A quirky and effective way of managing material that has engaged and baffled the greatest minds sine antiquity’ New Statesman

 

Potter illuminates the human in all its manifestations from single cell to creator of culture  The scattershot narrative somehow coalesces into a brilliant whole and compelling case for anti-reductionism Nature magazine

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