An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections that make us human We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolutions greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so oftentwo hundred times more often than a dog does?How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is the vast majority of our genetic code pointless? And are we really supposed to swallow and breathe through the same narrow tube? Surely theres been some kind of mistake. Asprofessor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains inHuman Errors, our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. The human body is one big pile of compromises. But that is also a testament to our greatness: as Lents shows, humans have so many design flaws precisely because we are very, very good at getting around them. A rollicking, deeply informativetour of humans four billion year long evolutionary saga,Human Errorsboth celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success....
|Title||:||Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||255 pages|
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Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes Reviews
I've often said that I find it amazing how we can live so long with so many things that can and do go wrong in the human body.
Our cars are processioned engineered, yet they often fail to run after 10-15 years. Yet our bodies, on the other hand, are held together with nothing but bubble-gum and a bit of tape, evolutionary speaking. Even so, we can sometimes live for over 100 years!
It totally blows my mind!
I tore through this fun and fascinating look at human flaws, both physiological and mental, especially enjoying the physiological, since it was almost wholly new to me. Backwards retinas? Incomplete adaptation to walking upright? Extra bones? Broken-down Vitamin C production? The flaws in our thinking were more familiar to anyone who's studied any psychology, but it was still interesting. My family was subjected to many, "Did you know...?"-type comments out of the blue, so I'm sure they're relie ...more
From bad knees to backward retinas to autoimmune disease and the uptick in peanut allergies, Professor Nathan Lents' book Human Errors is told in a conversational tone that brings anatomy and physiology to the masses. Since the beginning of time we humans have been in awe of ourselves and what makes us especially unique creatures. Usually we emphasize that which makes us "more complex" or "more highly evolved" ignorant of the randomness of mutations and the misdirection of evolution. Here, Lent ...more
According to Nathan Lents human evolution has led to a whole catalogue of “errors” in the human body and he claims that in many ways we are badly designed - from faulty knees that can’t cope with us walking upright to genetic mutations that lead to many conditions and disabilities. It’s an interesting and entertaining book, written in a lively and accessible style, but as other reviewers have pointed out errors in some of his conclusions I now doubt the accuracy of some of what I took as fact. N ...more
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Human Erros by Nathan H. Lent is the biology book I wish I had head in school. The authors makes human biology fun, humors and fun.
Several quote that stuck with me because of cancer in the family. “You cannot have sexual reproductions, DNA and cellular life without also having cancer."
My children have eye issues and have to wear glasses so learning about the human eyes was beyond fascinating.
I learned by I get so ...more
(3.5) Lents is a biology professor at John Jay College, City University of New York, and in this, his second book, he explores the ways in which the human body is flawed. These errors come in three categories: adaptations to the way the world was for early humans (to take advantage of once-scarce nutrients, we gain weight quickly – but lose it only with difficulty); incomplete adaptations (our knees are still not fit for upright walking); and the basic limitations of our evolution (inefficient s ...more
As often happens, I chose to read this book after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. It was an enjoyable and informative read. My only criticism is that the author just jumped into some of the major design flaws (e.g., sinuses, backward photoreceptors, weak ACL, etc.) w/o first laying down some basic of evolutionary theory. Given that his primary audience is (probably) non-science folks, I think he missed an opportunity to lay out the context and address the question of why all these d ...more
Our bodies are amazing. Even more so given the impersonal and imperfect processes of evolution. It's interesting to read how we came to be stuck with some unfortunate limitations, yet still, dominate as a species. For a book about science facts, Human Errors shines in that it's not super technical, but not dumbed-down to a childish level. I think this book hits the sweet spot for what it is. I've read books in the (what I'll call) rundown-of-interesting-facts genre that are far less satisfying. ...more