How is this book organized? Why do you think the author organized the material this way?
The book is organized by subjects and time. Each subject supports the hypothesis that human civilization accelerated human evolution. For each supporting subject, the authors write in a chronological fashion, providing the general background of the topic (ex. history of hunting and gathering to agriculture). As a result, the reader understands how the authors came to their conclusion and how the facts they presented supported the hypothesis.
How did the table of contents and index help you use this book?
The table of contents and index was helpful when locating a certain topic in the book. In addition, ...view middle of the document...
The visuals also helped me when the authors were trying to explain the differences between two species.
What is the most important idea that the author is conveying about the topic?
The author is trying to convey the idea that human civilization accelerated human evolution. Many scientists today believe that humans stopped evolving a long time ago. However, the authors of The 10,000 Year Explosion successfully refute the statement that humans stopped evolving. The authors detail how certain mutations became more common as they were advantageous to the shift of lifestyle from hunting and gathering to an agricultural society.
Why do you think the author chose to write about this topic?
The authors wrote about the topic because they were interested and passionate about human evolution and the wanted to prove that humans are still changing today.
Does the author of this book persuade you to believe anything?
The authors convinced me that human civilizations accelerated human evolution. They provided facts and data from a wide range of topics that revealed that the human species has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the last 10,000 years.
Is the author an expert on the topic?
The authors are professionals because they hold degrees in anthropology. Gregory Cochran is a physicist and adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. Henry Harpending holds the Thomas Chair as Distinguished Professor in the Department of...