We're just an interesting sort of animal

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A note for Lesson no. 1, "You Have One Brain (Not Three)," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 25 is:

Natural selection did not aim itself toward us — we’re just an interesting sort of animal with particular adaptations...

The appendix adds:

This idea comes from Henry Gee’s book The Accidental Species.

The turn of phrase "interesting sort of animal" comes from Henry Gee.[1]


  1. Gee, Henry. 2013. The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.