The great odyssey of human evolution.
We need to know who we are and where we come from to understand the light and shadow of our present and, above all, to approach the theories and conjectures about an uncertain future, marked by a technology whose exponential progress often escapes our complete understanding and the particular pace of biological changes. Gods and Beggars offers us a fascinating journey to revisit our origins as a species, to penetrate the enigmas of the brain and genetics and to rediscover the central role of culture in the history of mankind.
We are a very particular lifeform, with an enormous intelligence and, at the same time, an immense fragility. The former, driven by genomic changes and natural selection, has allowed us to expand and subject ecosystems and species to our designs. However, this same preeminence brings us closer to collapse in the form of climate emergency, resource depletion and the consequent extinction or transhumanism. To avoid this uncertainty, José María Bermúdez de Castro proposes renewing our commitment to science and knowledge, aware that evolution is still in progress. Knowing our nature is a pressing necessity, even more so as we have moved too far away from the reality to which we belong and forgotten that we are part of biodiversity and are subject to its laws.
Man is a god when he dreams and a beggar when he thinks.