“Dazzling A feast. Absorbing and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are. Carl Sagan, Author, Ann Druyan, With Random House Inc $23 (p) ISBN World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how.

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Carl Sagan’s reputation is truly awesome in the old sense of the wordand his writing is terrific. His wife, Ann Druyan, collaborated with him on many projects.

Sagan made an immediate connection with a lot of people — his books are written in such accessible language and with so much wit and intelligence that they have changed not only the way we look at science but also the caro we look at life. This book especially touched many people’s lives — mine included. Krijgsman Associate Managing Editor. Anceetors and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates in a discussion of human nature and teh complex traces ofhumankind’s evolutionary past It is an amazing story masterfully told.

It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits–self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics–are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I have read many books on where we started and how we got here. The concept of hard wireing and the realization that ever when we think we are making decesions, our DNA and embedded proteins push us towards the enevitable. This book should be required reading both in high school biology and in college anthropology.


It is clearly written, with understandable examples, adaquate referances, and a subtle sense of humor. Its a shame that there isn’t a sequale or at least another book by Sagan and Druyan. They have given us such clear insights as to who and why we are.

Even after all the amazing fiction books I’ve ever read, this book by far surpasses any of the other great ones I have ever read. This book literally describes the history of our existence, of all life on earth, from the beginning of our solar system. The great difference between this book and some other science book is that Sagan uses his amazing writing skills to make it as though you’re reading a story, a beautiful remarkable story that leads all the way up to you!

I fotgotten myself at around one chapter a day just so I can take in all the great new facts and perspectives of life and to also manage other reading I’m doing, but by far, this book literally makes me excited just when I touch it. When you think Sagan can’t get any better, boom! I recommend this book to ANYONE who wants to know the amazing story of us, mankind, or even more, the carp spectrum of life.

Sagan might not dive in as much as a college biology student may like, but he does adequately cover numerous processes and interactions between organisms from altruism, sex, and more!

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are

Whereas a biology book may describe HOW a certain process works, Sagan goes back to the origins and explains WHY it happened to work like that in the first place. This book is a fascinating ride to the beginnings of our ancestors and I recommend it to anyone!

There are those people who think that there is nature and then there is us. Blind to the fact that we are a part of nature. Sagan makes it quite clear that this is the case, as he postulates the difference between our actions and those of our fellow creatures is of degree, not intent. He brings into view many examples of animals displaying characteristics we thought only we where capable of. Even though an avowed pragmatic scientist, sagan looks at things with a philosophers wisdom,sees and appreciates the mystery and interconnectedness of all things and doesnt deny the possiblity of things outside our paradigm.

Sagan and fellow thinker adam smith have both come to the conclusion that every species only perceives what needs to be perceived to survive and operate with our fellow mates.

Many animals have greater perception capacities than us, we are not the paragon,just one of many, a highly successfull one but perhaps not forever, it is just our turn.

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Sagan as always is provocative and introduces great points for thought. Think about what he proposes and you can no longer be saagn among the mindless drones that sleepwalk through society thinking themselves superior steven harrison. Take your time and enjoy. I loved this book. It is magnificently written, which is the standard of Carl Sagan.


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It is pretty dense, but very informative and useful. Take your time and enjoy the read. It probably won’t be very quick, but it is surely enlightening. He also explored evolutionary biology-stimulated by his wife, the biologist Ann Druyan.

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a book that Sagan and Druyan wrote together. It is much more scientifically rigorous and sophisticated than The Dragons of Eden, and deals not with the evolution of the tripartite brain, but on the evolution of consciousness itself.

Druyan and Sagan write that we are like babies left in a basket on a doorstep, never knowing and always wondering what our ancestry is. For me, the most influential of the book’s explorations involve the study of the levels of consciousness in other animals, aside from the human animal. Through study after study, many amusing and all interesting, Druyan and Sagan emphasize that the difference between the consciousness of the human animal and other animals is “a difference of degree rather than kind.

The book stresses that we will not understand who we are until we view ourselves as part of a continuum, and the book also explorers the history of human resistance to this idea. One or two of the chapters were too difficult for me to understand as a non-scientist, but I was basically able to understand the book while only skimming the difficult chapters about DNA construction and such. It was nice to know that rigorous science was part of the book.

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