The Artificial Ape

Timothy Taylor’s The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution came out this week and I’m dying to get a copy. This book sounds like it could be Evology 101 required reading.
Here’s a blurb from the description on Amazon:

In this fascinating new account of our origins, leading archaeologist Timothy Taylor proposes a new way of thinking about human evolution through our relationship with objects. Drawing on the latest fossil evidence, Taylor argues that at each step of our species’ development, humans made choices that caused us to assume greater control of our evolution. Our appropriation of objects allowed us to walk upright, lose our body hair, and grow significantly larger brains. As we push the frontiers of scientific technology, creating prosthetics, intelligent implants, and artificially modified genes, we continue a process that started in the prehistoric past, when we first began to extend our powers through objects.

Does that sound fascinating or what? I’m trying to imagine all the ways modern technology could affect how we evolve. Any thoughts?


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