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Nick Lane is that rare combination of deep thinker, lucid writer and passionate advocate for the messy business of science.
The Vital Question's wonderful epilogue reminds you just how down the rabbit hole he's taken us as he lays out the case for BioEnergetics as as a key driver of the interactions that led to the rise of multicellular organisms. I finished it and went right back to the start to retake the guided tour.
Kevin Pariseau's voice and engaged delivery is a perfect complement to Lane's clear, personalized narrative.
Not an easy book by content, but a remarkably well told story and one and well worth your time.
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What made the experience of listening to The Vital Question the most enjoyable?
The author's concise, entertaining, and intelligent presentation of the material. And then Kevin Pariseau gave it some further propellant in his slick narration.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vital Question?
This is not one of those "memorable moments" presentations. Instead, it was a compelling and multi-layered treatise, building basic science first then expanding eloquently into the great questions under study, the main one of course being a discussion of how life might have emerged out of inorganic structure. I really enjoyed his explanation of the bioenergetics behind each hypothesis. On the other hand one must bear in mind that much of this material is speculative in nature due to the great gulf of deep time that lies between the emergence of life and the present moment.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?
The mighty mitochondrion, of course.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, a rare breath of fresh air compared to a lot of books.
Any additional comments?
Kevin Pariseau took this brilliant material and made it smooth and enjoyable. I had to nick one star off a complete five star rating in all categories because of a few moments of redundant rambling that occurred here and there, but these interludes were rare.
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