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Name- 5 Questions of the Inquisitive Apes
Author- Subhrashis Adhikari
My ratings- 4.5🌟/5🌟
5 Questions of the Inquisitive Apes deals with the following questions-
Question 1- How we came to be?
Question 2- How do we make sense of the Universe around us?
Question 3- Is sex bad?
Question 4- Who are we?
Question 5- How to be happy?
The cover of the book is simple and goes with the content inside completely. The language of the book is easy. You may find some scientific and unknown terms which are explained in the book itself. This makes the book easy to understand. The book is engaging which took me by surprise. I do not read non- fiction much because I find it hard to stick to it but I found this book really interesting. It was hard to put it down. I found the topics discussed intriguing and thought inducing. I would like to appreciate the author’s sense of humour here. Y’all remember that teacher we used to love, who made the boring subjects interesting and sleepy kids attentive using little jokes and subtle sarcasm? The author did the same in the book at different points to keep the reader hooked making the book unique. The book has some illustrations too. I learnt many new things and tried to unlearn a few while reading the book. The author talks about a lot of sensitive topics and there are detailed accounts on some simple things which we think we know but we do not. The author talks about the origin of life, universe, culture, evolution, sex, sexual orientation, homosexuality, patriarchy, feminism, #metoo movement and many more important issues. My favourite parts were the accounts of different researchers and the references from history used to prove certain points. I may not remember every name but I will revisit this book someday and be amused by the words again. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The title of the book is justified. What are we if not inquisitive apes?
Humans ascended to the top of the food chain through their uncanny ability to weave stories. Some stories are hardwired in our brains, while some we create over time. It is such stories that have steered the history of the world. While technologies are bringing disruptive changes and global warming is threatening our existence, it is more imperative than ever before to craft a global story that benefits all. This book discusses five profound questions whose answers will lay the foundation of future stories, and those stories will decide the fate of inquisitive apes.
• How we came to be? Was it a chance episode, or were things pre-determined?
• How we make sense of the universe around us? Are we hallucinating reality?
• Is sex bad? Are we naturally monogamous?
• Who are we? Is there a unique us?
• How to be happy? Can we hack our brain and control the bio-chemicals?
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That is it for today guys. I received the review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Until next time, happy reading!😊