Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections that make us human We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolution?s greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often?two hundred times more often than a dog does?áHow come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is t An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections that make us human We humans like to think ...

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Title:Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
Author:Nathan H. Lents
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Genres:Science
ISBN:B07432D5GB
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:255 pages pages

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes Reviews

  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    May 11, 2018
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] I found this to be both an informative and entertaining read. While the author doesn?t delve very deep into details (each subject in each chapter would probably warrant a book of its own), and although I wish there had been more ...
  • Book Him Danno
    Mar 15, 2018
    Thank you to netgalley for the advance copy of Human Errors for an honesty review. Human Erros by Nathan H. Lent is the biology book I wish I had head in school. The authors makes human biology fun, humors and fun. Several quote that stuck with me because of cancer in the family. ?...
  • Kate
    May 07, 2018
    Anyone who knows me (or follows me on Instagram) knows I'm obsessed with anatomy (and by extension to a lesser extent, physiology). It borders on pathological. I have anatomical charts and skulls as decoration all over my apartment, and an entire bookshelf devoted to various anatomy te...
  • Monique
    May 04, 2018
    Review written: May 4, 2018 Star Rating: ???? Heat Rating: N/A An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. Human Errors got burned badly by expectations. When I saw the title and blurb on Netgalley, it suggested ...
  • Rachel Noel
    Feb 18, 2018
    *Book provided via NetGalley for an honest review. This book is clearly meant for lay people like myself. It is written at an accessible level and has plenty of humor to make the reading engaging. If my high school biology class had used this book, I would have learned a lot more. A...
  • Jenn "JR"
    May 20, 2018
    I really enjoyed the first half to two thirds of this book -- it was a straight forward, conversational and highly accessible discussion of quirks of evolution such as human vision, overly long nerves, and sinuses that drain the wrong way -- along with explanations of how they came to ...
  • Christina Dudley
    Jan 31, 2018
    I tore through this fun and fascinating look at human flaws, both physiological and mental, especially enjoying the physiological, since it was almost wholly new to me. Backwards retinas? Incomplete adaptation to walking upright? Extra bones? Broken-down Vitamin C production? The flaws...
  • Courtney Smith Atkins
    Sep 18, 2018
    This was a spur of the moment find at the library. There is such good information here in an easy to understood narrative. Good chapters on the reproductive system, peanut allergies and auto immune disorders. I recommend. ...
  • Basma
    Apr 11, 2018
    This book was an okay read. I think the main reason this book gets a lower rating is because even though it's quite interesting I personally wasn't convinced by the reasonings. The main premise of this book is discussing the "design flaws" as the author calls them that are in our bo...
  • Jeanette Blain
    Jun 15, 2018
    Our bodies are amazing. Even more so given the impersonal and imperfect processes of evolution. It's interesting to read how we came to be stuck with some unfortunate limitations, yet still, dominate as a species. For a book about science facts, Human Errors shines in that it's not su...
  • Rebecca
    May 18, 2018
    (3.5) Lents is a biology professor at John Jay College, City University of New York, and in this, his second book, he explores the ways in which the human body is flawed. These errors come in three categories: adaptations to the way the world was for early humans (to take advantage of ...
  • Dan
    Nov 04, 2018
    Fun book, covering lots of unusual quirks or inefficient systems in the human body ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Apr 29, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of Human Errorsáby Nathan H. Lentsácourtesy of Net Galleyá andá Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I als...
  • Ross Blocher
    Feb 20, 2019
    Having consumed many works on evolution and human biology, I was shocked at just how much I learned from this delightful book. In Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes, biology professor Nathan H. Lents presents a quick, conversational and nutri...
  • Phil Smith
    Apr 28, 2018
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan Lents admits from the get-go that there are more than enough books about how great and wondrous the human body is. Lents takes a whole different tack: how human bodies have huge design flaws, from ...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 04, 2018
    Caveat: for a book that?s supposed to be for lay people, it?s pretty detailed. I liked that for the most interesting topics to me (e.g. autoimmune diseases), but less so for some other topics. The book does live up to its title. And it brought up a memory from some time ago. Ba...
  • Olga Miret
    Jun 07, 2018
    Facts, anecdotes, some opinions, and a very engaging way of learning about the human body. Thanks to NetGalley and to the publishers (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review. When I saw this book on offer, I could not resist. ...
  • Paul Demetre
    Feb 08, 2019
    An interesting and somewhat quirky look at we humans and some of the imperfections that we have, generally due to that mad scientist we call evolution. Most of the subjects are physical, including many anatomical errors like the knee and it's flaws (if it were being designed from sc...
  • Kate Vane
    Jul 09, 2018
    Evolution does not mean we are continually moving towards perfection. Mutations happen by chance, and they may or may not be good for us. If they don?t kill us and if they don?t stop us reproducing, they stick around. Human Errors details some of these ?errors? and includes ...
  • David Wineberg
    Feb 05, 2018
    To Err is Human Human Errors is a page-turner of a biology book. Nathan Lents focuses on mistakes, redundancies and weaknesses that make life a constant gamble for humans. From genetic code destruction to pointless bones, overtaxed muscles, meandering nerves and backward designs, th...
  • Michelle
    May 29, 2018
    From bad knees to backward retinas to autoimmune disease and the uptick in peanut allergies, Professor Nathan Lents' book Human Errors is told in a conversational tone that brings anatomy and physiology to the masses. Since the beginning of time we humans have been in awe of ourselves ...
  • Noah Goats
    Feb 05, 2019
    Human Errors is about all the weird little quirks and monstrosities left in the human body after eons of evolution. It turns out evolution is an incompetent designer and has screwed us up in many ways. We have extra bones we don't need, frequently illogical mental processes, and even a...
  • Lou
    May 25, 2018
    I came across this on NetGalley but as it had already been published I decided to purchase a copy for myself as I haven't bought a medical text for a few months. I am always drawn to books with a medical element to them and this sounded as though it would be incredibly interesting with...
  • Anders Rasmussen
    Sep 14, 2018
    Man was created by God. We are his perfect creation. Our perfection is evident in every detail of our design. Right? If you believe this, then you first need to Google Charles Darwin and evolution. Second, you need to take another look at the human body. Because we are full of defe...
  • Karen Sadler
    Jan 13, 2019
    We have too many bones! We have to rely too much on our diet for survival! We suffer from too many cognitive biases! Reading about our design flaws was kind of interesting, but the best part of this book were the few pages toward the end about the possibility of alien life. Specificall...
  • Cindy Lauren
    Mar 06, 2018
    Really enjoyed this book- it answered lots of questions that I had about why certain things about the human body and how it operates, some things that simply don't make sense. The research is thorough and the writing is entertaining. It's helpful to know, fascinating to learn and fu...
  • Richard
    Oct 03, 2018
    We all know that the human body is not perfect. Any of us who wear glasses, get the flu, fall and land on our coccyx, take vitamins, or try to lose weight knows this first hand. In this book, Nathan Lents gives us a lot of scientific information about human development, how human sy...
  • M
    Jan 10, 2019
    I find the book very interesting. The language is easy to understand, there are good examples, and it is full of very interesting fun-facts that, for a person without deep knowledge of biology and anthropology, were sometimes really suprising! Quick and nice read. ...
  • LUCAS H. GOLDING
    Jan 11, 2019
    A Wonderful Evolution book This is a fantastic science book. It?s focus is on the flaws of the human body, anatomically, physiologically and genetically. But the genius of the book is that it really makes the reader understand evolution so much clearer. Our genes do there best to ...
  • Piotr
    Jan 22, 2019
    Bardzo dobra ksi??ka. Mnˇstwo ciekawostek a na koniec spora doza rozwa?a? dok?d zmierzamy i czy nam si? uda. ...