Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Diana Roberts

EVOLUTIONS

Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

By Oren Harman

Oren Harman is a scientist with a poet’s soul. This book is a must read.

Evolutions brings life to the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the Earth and Moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking Mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind’s struggle with truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search.

Often assigning character from a third-person point of view to some player along the evolutionary path, Harman gives the reason as to why the path exists at all. Mixing prose with a poetic brush not only simplifies what science has brought us but makes this book delightfully readable.