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How to Be Animal: A New History Of What It Means To Be Human
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
How to Be Animal: A New History Of What It Means To Be Human
Written by:
Melanie Challenger 
Read by:
Melanie Challenger 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
7 hours 26 minutes 
Published:
February 04 2021 
Available Date:
February 04 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655670148 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Lifestyle - Wellbeing; Philosophy; Psychology 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
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Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet, but how well do we really know ourselves?

Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But how well do we really know ourselves? How to Be Animal tells a remarkable story of what it means to be human and argues that at the heart of our psychology is a profound struggle with being animal. As well as piecing together the mystery of how this psychology evolved, the book examines the wide-reaching ways in which it affects our lives, from our politics to the ways we distance ourselves from other species. We travel from the origins of homo sapiens through the agrarian and industrial revolutions, the age of the internet and on to futures of AI and human-machine interface. We examine how technology influences our sense of our own animal nature and our relationship with the other species with whom we share this fragile planet. Drawing on new evidence from a wide range of disciplines, Challenger proposes that being an animal is a process – beautiful and unpredictable – and that we have a chance to tell ourselves a new story, to realise that if we matter, so does everything else.

'What an interesting book! The recognition that we are animals should come less as a slap in the face than as a welcome reminder of the great resources that can come from paying attention to the ways we and our various cousins handle our journeys on this difficult but beautiful planet.'
Bill McKibben, author Of Falter: Has The Human Game Begun To Play Itself Out?