The author, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, has invested much in this volume. "The world, past, present, and future, as seen by the writer" would be a suitable subtitle, but often he seems to say "This is the way it is" instead of "This is the way / see it." It is an intimate book, a personal book, and cannot be reviewed or criticized without revealing the biases, attitudes, and opinions of reviewer and author.
The initial section is a nicely done summary of evolution as held until recent years, and includes man's conceptual developments as part of the evolutionary process. The author gives more than a hundred pages to his comments on current wild and weird speculations about birth, death, the brain, cloning, cryonic immortality, gene manipulations, the redundancy of the male in a parthenogenetic society, and such matters.
The second section, "Love, Work, and Play Revisited," is a superior attempt