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This is an auction for QUEST: THE ESSENCE OF HUMANITY by Charles Pasternak.

"One of the most thought-provoking books to come my way for some time."
- Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"fluent, fast-moving Quest is controversial which all ambitious works like this one should be."
- New Scientist reviews:

"QUEST: THE ESSENCE OF HUMANITY is an intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science that explores the human desire to quest. Respected biochemist and author Charles Pasternak suggests that it is our desire to quest - for food and shelter, for knowledge, for wealth, for adventure - coupled with our unique physical abilities to do so that have controlled our evolution and have led humans to develop away from closely related animals. In this intriguing work of history, philosophy, and popular science, Pasternak uses his extensive biological knowledge to discuss man's nature and achievements, his genetic makeup, and his evolution."

"For years science, philosophy and religion have sought to find the single factor that makes humans different from other animals. Many confidently expected to find a human gene - a single element possessed by no other animal that made us unique. Charles Pasternak believes that no such a gene exists. Humans differ from other primates only in small changes of genes that are common to both.
Pasternak argues that it is the heightened ability of humans to quest beyond their immediate needs that has driven human development. The upright human posture, together with physically skilful hands, a sophisticated vocal cord and three times as many cortical neurons as a chimpanzee, have put humans in their highly advantageous position."

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Paperback 2004.

414 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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