The human challenge to the laws of nature... and its consequences.
During prehistoric times we lived in harmony with the wild fauna and flora, and continued to do so until the Industrial Revolution and globalization. The myth of the chosen species then triumphed, and we ridiculed evolutionists. We believed that human beings and our decisions were above the whims of nature; but, in reality, we were defying nature and the consequences have now materialized: from the environmental crisis to the awakening of virulent microscopic entities.
Natural selection is still present, both within and without Homo sapiens. In Africa, a Hadzabe tells the author: “We are animals”. We are just another species, and only science allows us to understand the humanity’s place on a planet where biological evolution is unstoppable. The scepter of change is not in the hands of gods with feet of clay, but in the rebellious and free domains of nature.
Archaeologist, naturalist and explorer, Jordi Serrallonga describes how his adventures are related to an understanding of climate change and the arrival of new pandemics in the 21st century.
The COVID pandemic has made clear the fragility of human beings, the species believed to be at the top of the evolutionary ladder.