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The Vanity of Humanity is an entertaining look at anthropology and our perception of ourselves as different and special in comparison to the other creatures that inhabit the earth.
I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyable. Throughout the author refers to his experience as a prison officer as well as wider reading that impacted his studies and worldview. Although you don’t have to read or be familiar with any of the other titles he mentions to enjoy this book, they and the bibliography serve as a list of recommendations for further reading.
The Vanity of Humanity flowed quite seamlessly from topic to topic, handling evolution, communities, prison and the justice system, celebrity, death, money and God to name just a few. The author’s arguments are written in a clear and concise way, with humour and anecdotes throughout that help to make the abstract subject matter more enjoyable to read and easier to understand and digest. I enjoy reading books that focus on human nature and behaviour and I enjoy them even more when I’m not left struggling to concentrate on the language. This book uses understandable references and avoids jargon in order to make The Vanity of Humanity a really accessible book. I particularly liked the comparison of the creation of humanity to Frankenstien. The handling of more scientific concepts by equating them to simpler scenarios such as lego blocks was skilfully done.
Part autobiographical, part popular science, this book calls into question humanity’s place in the world and the concept that we are any less animalistic than our primate relatives. This is a book that I enjoyed and would recommend.
Humans are the centre of the universe, but the universe just got a lot bigger!
Humans have been at the top of the food chain for so long that we think we’re the supreme beings, the chosen ones.
The universe thinks different.
Drawing on his career as both a prison officer and a scientist, the author takes you on a journey to examine our vanity. Funny, intriguing and thought provoking, it is a journey he says won’t end well unless we change our ways.
Mixing the science with humour, he discusses our attitude to nudity, bodily functions and mating and how our vanity insists we try to set ourselves above apes, even though that is who we are. He demonstrates how our constant quest for more has led us to this point and will eventually lead to our demise.
The human ego is irrepressible, but the truth is that we are tiny, inconsequential specks living on a pale blue dot lost within the multi-verse.
|Publication date:||3rd June 2020|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|