Author: John Hands
Date: 2016
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
ISBN: 978-07156-5121-6

Overview: An encyclopaedic tour through all the scientific knowledge we have about human evolution going right back to the beginning of the universe. Tries to dispel common misunderstandings about evolution by going into the latest evidence. Most useful in that it lists and evaluates competing theories and the state of knowledge.

Relevance: A book I depend on for a round up of recent knowledge. Seminal for my thinking. Shows the evidence for co-operation in evolution, and looks at how humans reflective self consciousness works. He thinks we may be able to control our evolution. For the case I make this is not necessary. What we need to be clear about is that cooperation is as least as big a driver of evolution as competition, and that, as social primates, for most of our history we lived in small cooperating groups. Given that we need to adjust our story so we act on that knowledge.