Human Errors

Human Errors

Surely there's been some kind of mistake. As professor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains in Human Errors, our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last.

Author: Nathan Lents

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1474608345

Category: Science

Page: 256

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We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, the stump of a tail, and way too many bones in our wrists. We must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves. Millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. We have nerves that take bizarre paths, muscles that attach to nothing, and lymph nodes that do more harm than good. And that's just the beginning of the story. As biologist Nathan H. Lents explains, our evolutionary history is a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. As we will discover, by exploring human shortcomings, we can peer into our past, because each of our flaws tells a story about our species' evolutionary history. A rollicking, deeply informative tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections - for our mutations are, in their own way, a testament to our species' greatness - and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.
Categories: Science

Human Errors

Human Errors

And that's just the beginning of the story.

Author: Nathan H. Lents

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781474608367

Category: Science

Page: 256

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We like to think of ourselves as highly evolved. But if we are evolution's greatest creation, why are we so badly designed? We have retinas that face backward, we must find vitamins and nutrients in our diets that other animals simply make for themselves and millions of us can't reproduce successfully without help from modern science. And that's just the beginning of the story. Biologist Nathan H. Lents takes us on an entertaining and illuminating tour of our four-billion-year-long evolutionary saga, and shows us how each of our flaws tells us a story about our species' history.
Categories: Science

Not So Different

Not So Different

With evidence from psychology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, anthropology and ethnolgy, the biologist Nathan H. Lents argues that the same evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and animals.

Author: Nathan H. Lents

Publisher:

ISBN: 0231178328

Category: Animal behavior

Page: 349

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With evidence from psychology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, anthropology and ethnolgy, the biologist Nathan H. Lents argues that the same evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and animals.
Categories: Animal behavior

How to Build a Human

How to Build a Human

Lents , Nathan . Human Errors : A Panorama of Our Glitches , from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes . Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 2018 . Levy , Adam . " How Evolution Builds Genes from Scratch . " Nature 574 ( 2019 ) : 314-316 .

Author: Pamela S. Turner

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781632897732

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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The epic story of our evolution in seven big steps! How did we become who we are? With trademark wit, acclaimed science writer Pamela S. Turner breaks down human evolution into the seven most important steps leading to Homo sapiens. How, when, and why did we: 1. stand up, 2. smash rocks, 3. get swelled heads, 4. take a hike, 5. invent barbecue, 6. start talking (and never shut up), and 7. become storytellers? This fascinating, wickedly funny account of our evolutionary journey turns science into an irresistible story. Vetted by experts at the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, the book also features incredibly detailed portraits by celebrated paleo-artist John Gurche that bring our early ancestors to life.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Exogenesis Hybrid Humans

Exogenesis  Hybrid Humans

A Scientific History of Extraterrestrial Genetic Manipulation Bruce R. Fenton, Daniella Fenton ... 7 Nathan Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ...

Author: Bruce R. Fenton

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781632657602

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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"Exogenesis is a milestone in understanding our past." —Erich von Däniken, author of Chariots of the Gods Exogenesis: the hypothesis that life originated elsewhere in the universe and was spread to Earth. Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans offers a deep dive into the strongest ever scientific evidence that supports the popular belief that Earth has been visited in prehistory, but goes even further, concluding that there is also compelling evidence of alien involvement with the human genome. The broader history of possible extraterrestrial contact is explored alongside a look at current events in the subject of alien disclosure with the result of highlighting evidence of a contact continuum that has continued since the dawn of humanity. The data brought together suggests that the next stage in human evolution may involve the manifestation of full open contact with the visitors in our lifetimes. Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans explores: An ancient sacred Aboriginal artifact Wreckage from a huge colony ship gets identified along with associated NASA studies concluding it is a material found in only one place on Earth Genetic engineering of Homo sapiens from an early hominin species is confirmed with a lengthy list of DNA anomalies only explainable by humans being an alien ‘hybrid’ creation The recent NASA sea change with certain academics calling for serious study of UFOs and other anomalous phenomena The theory that an extraterrestrial modified retrovirus was used to deliver some of the genetic information into the upgraded humans
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Ending Hunger

Ending Hunger

Lents, N., Human Errors – A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (London: W&N, 2018). Genes are essentially long sequences of code that contain instructions to make proteins. Proteins are the things that do ...

Author: Anthony Warner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786079275

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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‘A provocative vision.’ Sunday Times In 2017, the number of people going hungry in the world increased, for the first time in a decade. Pesticide-resistant bugs lay waste to crops across the globe, from bananas to potatoes. Food production releases billions of tons of carbon into the world, and it’s only getting worse. The writing is on the wall: our food system must change. But no one can agree on how. With his trademark counterintuition, Anthony Warner reveals that we have the ability to make a world where no one starves. And one where we don’t feel guilty about tucking in.
Categories: Social Science

Friend of Science Friend of Faith

Friend of Science  Friend of Faith

He was incompetent.8 The evidence cited for these assertions can be broken into three categories: Presence of DNA, ... more examples can be found in Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes.

Author: Gregg Davidson

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 9780825445415

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A scientist explores the harmony between Christian faith and science Though some Christians and many skeptics see science and Christianity as locked in a never-ending battle, geologist Gregg Davidson contends that there is tremendous harmony between Scripture and modern science. Many apparent conflicts arise when the Bible is interpreted apart from its literary and historical contexts, but when these are taken into account, most alleged clashes resolve. Proceeding from a belief that Scripture is inspired and without error and that God's creation should inform how we interpret the Bible, Davidson shows that Scripture and science need not disagree on issues like the age of the earth, Adam and Eve, Noah's flood, the origin and development of life, and numerous related topics. Rather, Christians can rejoice at how God's glory is revealed in both the Bible and the natural world.
Categories: Religion

Errors and Interaction

Errors and Interaction

Human Errors. A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Lewis, Simon J. and Kenneth W. Heaton. 1997. “Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal time.

Author: Sarah Bro Trasmundi

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027261038

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

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Trasmundi combines her background as a cognitive ethnographer with theory of radical embodied cognition and interaction to investigate how healthcare practitioners manage cognitive events in patient treatment and diagnosing that often lead to human errors. This interdisciplinary focus emphasises how professional action underlines various forms of cognitive and social life that involves language, tools, organisational procedures, shared expertise, cultural values and social rules. The book investigates such phenomena which previously have fallen into the gaps between established disciplines of interaction analysis and psychology. In arguing that the multi-scalar constraints of professional action are still underexplored in a naturalistic setting of emergency medicine, Trasmundi uses tools such as multimodal interaction analysis and cognitive event analysis to investigate the cultural and distributed nature of cognition. The book provides the reader with a new take on this heavily investigated topic, both theoretically and methodologically by describing how medical culture affects real-time interaction and how culture itself is shaped by the exact same dynamics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

AI vs Humans

AI vs Humans

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. New York: Vintage Books. LaCurts, K. (2002). ... Understanding human cognitive uniqueness. ... Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes.

Author: Michael W. Eysenck

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000481440

Category: Psychology

Page: 362

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The great majority of books on artificial intelligence are written by AI experts who understandably focus on its achievements and potential transformative effects on society. In contrast, AI vs Humans is written by two psychologists (Michael and Christine Eysenck) whose perspective on AI (including robotics) is based on their knowledge and understanding of human cognition. This book evaluates the strengths and limitations of people and AI. The authors’ expertise equips them well to consider this by seeing how well (or badly) AI compares to human intelligence. They accept that AI matches or exceeds human ability in many spheres such as mathematical calculations, complex games (e.g., chess, Go, and poker), diagnosis from medical images, and robotic surgery. However, the human tendency to anthropomorphise has led many people to claim mistakenly that AI systems can think, infer, reason, and understand while engaging in information processing. In fact, such systems lack all those cognitive skills and are also deficient in the quintessentially human abilities of flexibility of thinking and general intelligence. At a time when human commitment to AI appears unstoppable, this up-to-date book advocates a symbiotic and co-operative relationship between humans and AI. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in AI and human cognition.
Categories: Psychology

Hard to Be Human

Hard to Be Human

Overcoming Our Five Cognitive Design Flaws Ted Cadsby. 9 10 7 Arthur Schopenhauer, ... 6 Nathan H. Lents, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).

Author: Ted Cadsby

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459748866

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Powerful strategies to combat the design flaws of the human brain that make life in the twenty-first century unreasonably difficult. If other animals could study us the way we study them, they would be puzzled by our unique ability to inflict misery on ourselves. We expend a lot of energy replaying past anguish, anticipating future distress, and stewing in self-righteous anger. Other animals would call us out for being oddly paradoxical creatures who long to be happy but who are the source of their own suffering, We worry about things we have no control over. We complain about not being understood while casting a critical eye on others. We stubbornly defend our beliefs despite contradictory evidence. Complicating all of this is our struggle to adapt to a complex world that we created. who struggle to adapt to a confusing world that we ourselves created. In our defence, we haven’t yet mastered our neuron-packed brains, whose incredible complexity evolved over millennia in a very different world than today’s. The result of this evolutionary journey? Five design features that often morph into design flaws in need of fixing. Hard to Be Human corrals the best insights from psychology, neuroscience, physics, and philosophy to reveal powerful strategies for the five big battles we each face in the war with our misguided, misbehaving selves. Tapping into deeply personal stories to ground the concepts in real life, Cadsby reveals how we can overcome our design flaws to be smarter, happier, and better adapted to the complexities of life in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Psychology