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Table of Contents

1. The Building blocks of intelligence
1.1 From a singularity to a bio-friendly universe
1.2 The second law of thermodynamics
1.3 The living enigma
1.4 Panspermia and transpermia
1.5 Evolution: Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace

2. Milestones in early evolution
2.1 Early atmospheres and oceans
2.2 Early records of life
2.3 Mass extinctions of species

3. From the genetic code to collective brains 3.1 From amino acids to nucleic acids
3.2 The intelligent cell
3.3 The phylogenetic scheme
3.4 Marine and hydrothermal communities
3.5 Multicellular and colonial life
3.6 Evolution of the eye
4. Intelligent communities
4.1 Arthropod civilizations
4.2 The world of birds
4.3 Fire and the human mind

5. Directional thought and evolution
5.1 The anthropic principle
5.2 Swarm intelligence and collective minds
5.3 Evolution of the brain
5.4 The directional thought process
6. Epilogue-From stars to brains

About the Author

Andrew Yoram Glikson, an Earth and paleo-climate scientist at the Australian National University, studied geology at the University of Jerusalem and graduated at the University of Western Australia. He conducted geological surveys of the oldest geological formations in Australia, South Africa, India and Canada, underpinning the effects of large asteroid impacts, including their effects on the atmosphere and oceans and the mass extinction of species. Since 2005 he studied the relations between climate and human evolution.

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