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5,730. Man is a singular creature. He has certain gifts which make him unique among the animals. (Evolution & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1/13: Lower Than the Angels, BBC 1973
5,731. Every landscape in the world is full of these exact and beautiful adaptations. (Evolution & Nature & Humanity) ibid.
5,732. But Nature, that is evolution, has not fitted man into any specific environment. (Evolution & Humanity & Nature) ibid.
5,733. His imagination, his reason, his emotional subtlety and toughness make it possible for him not to accept the environment but to change it. (Evolution & Humanity & Environment) ibid.
5,734. I call that brilliant series of cultural peaks The Ascent of Man. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,735. It’s almost certain now that man first evolved in Africa near the Equator. (Evolution & Humanity & Africa) ibid.
5,736. Grant’s gazelle: yet that lovely leap never took it out of the savanna. (Evolution & Africa & Humanity) ibid.
5,737. Two million years ago the first certain ancestor of man walked with a foot which is almost indistinguishable from the foot of modern man. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,738. The human being is a mosaic of animal and angel. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,739. With that larger brain, the ancestors of man made two inventions ... stone tools ... social organisation. (Evolution & Humanity & Brain) ibid.
5,740. The changes in homo erectus are substantial over a million years but they seem gradual. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,741. He has what no other possesses: a jigsaw of faculties which alone over three thousand millions years of life make him creative. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,742. Hunting requires conscious planning and organisation by means of language as well as special weapons. (Evolution & Humanity & Language & Weapons & Hunt) ibid.
5,743. Man moved into the north just when the climate there was turning to ice. (Evolution & Humanity & Ice Age) ibid.
5,744. The history of man is divided very unequally. There is his biological evolution ... And then there is his cultural history. (Evolution & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 2/13: The Harvest of the Seasons
5,745. It’s usually called the agricultural revolution. But I think it’s something much wider – the biological revolution. (Evolution & Humanity & Agriculture) ibid.
5,746. It became necessary for man to settle. (Evolution & Humanity & Agriculture) ibid.
5,747. Before 8,000 B.C. wheat was not the luxuriant plant it is today. (Evolution & Wheat & Humanity) ibid.
5,748. The Bible is a curious history: part folklore and part record. History is of course written by the victors. (Evolution & Bible & History & Humanity) ibid.
5,749. Agriculture creates a technology from which all physics, all science, takes off. (Evolution & Agriculture & Humanity) ibid.
5,750. The most powerful invention in all agriculture is of course the plough. (Evolution & Agriculture & Humanity) ibid.
5,751. The wheel is found for the first time before 3,000 B.C. and from then on the wheel and the axle become the taproot from which invention grows. (Evolution & Wheel & Humanity) ibid.
5,752. How is it that the machine in its modern form now seems just a threat? (Evolution & Machine & Humanity) ibid.
5,753. War – organised war – is not a human instinct. It is a highly planed and cooperative form of theft. (Evolution & War & Theft & Humanity) ibid.
5,754. War, theft, is not a permanent state that can be maintained. (Evolution & War & Theft & Humanity) ibid.
5,755. The Earth has existed for more than four thousand million years. Through all this time it has been shaped and changed by two kinds of action: the hidden forces within the Earth ... And on the surface the erosion of snow and rain and storm and stream and ocean and sun and wind have carved out a natural architecture. (Evolution & Earth & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 3/13: The Grain in the Stone
5,756. Why did civilisation begin so much later in the new world than in the world? (Evolution & Civilisation & Humanity) ibid.
5,757. Sometimes the stone had a natural grain ... The notion of discovering an underlying structure in matter is man’s basic concept for exploring Nature. (Evolution & Nature & Humanity) ibid.
5,758. A city is stones and a city is people. (Evolution & City & Humanity) ibid.
5,759. At the heart of the terraced culture is the system of irrigation. (Evolution & Agriculture & Humanity) ibid.
5,760. What is a city? It is a community which lives on a base of agriculture. (Evolution & City & Agriculture & Humanity) ibid.
5,761. The arch is an engineering invention. (Evolution & Engineering & Humanity) ibid.
5,762. They called themselves free masons as early as the fourteenth century. (Evolution & Freemasons & Humanity) ibid.
5,763. In one sense everything we discover is already there. (Evolution & Discovery & Humanity) ibid.
5,764. The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill. (Evolution & Humanity) ibid.
5,765. Sulphur and mercury are the two elements of which the alchemists thought the universe was composed. (Evolution & Sulphur & Mercury & Alchemy & Universe & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 4/13: The Hidden Structure
5,766. Physics is the knife that cuts into the grain of Nature. (Evolution & Physics & Nature & Humanity) ibid.
5,767. Bronze becomes from this time onwards a material for all purposes: the plastic of its age. (Evolution & Bronze & Humanity) ibid.
5,768. By 1,000 B.C. steel is being made in India. (Evolution & Steel & India & Humanity) ibid.
5,769. Iron is a later discovery than copper because at every stage it needs more heat. (Evolution & Iron & Humanity) ibid.
5,770. The sword is the weapon of the samurai. (Evolution & Sword & Weapon & Humanity) ibid.
5,771. Gold is the universal prize in all countries, in all cultures, and in all ages. (Evolution & Gold & Humanity) ibid.
5,772. The first written reference we have to alchemy is just over two thousand years old and it comes from China. (Evolution & Alchemy & China) ibid.
5,773. The belief of the ancients that all cures must come either from plants or from animals – a kind of vitalism. Now the alchemists introduced minerals into medicine – salt for example. (Evolution & Alchemy) ibid.
5,774. The new scourge – syphilis. To this day we don’t know where syphilis came from. (Evolution & Disease & Humanity) ibid.
5,775. Fire is the alchemist’s element. (Evolution & Alchemy & Fire & Humanity) ibid.
5,776. Fire is a process of transformation and change by which material elements are rejoined into new combinations. (Evolution & Fire) ibid.
5,777. Arithmetic-like language begins in legend. (Evolution & Mathematics & Numbers & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 5/13: Music of the Spheres
5,778. Numbers are the language of Nature. Pythagoras found a basic relation between music harmony and mathematics. (Evolution & Mathematics & Numbers & Music & Humanity) ibid.
5,779. For a long time the astrolabe was the pocket watch and the slide rule of the world. (Evolution & Measurement & Humanity) ibid.
5,780. Easter Island ... The question about these statues is – why were they all made alike? (Evolution & Civilisation & Easter Island & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 6/13: The Starry Messenger
5,781. A civilisation which failed to take the first step on the ascent of rational knowledge. (Evolution & Civilisation & Easter Island & Humanity) ibid.
5,782. Copernicus put the sun at the centre of the heavens. (Evolution & Sun & Humanity) ibid.