I recently read this book by Ian Tattersall. It explains the science around human evolution, tracing back our family tree to the split from the other apes. It’s an entertaining and informative read, full of real science but still accessible for a layperson like me. It explores the question of what makes us uniquely human, and concludes that it’s our ability to think symbolically that catapulted us from just one hominid species among many to rulers of our world. It delves into the way our evolution shaped the contrary beings we are today, capable of understanding the extreme complexity of the natural world, capable of creating moving, beautiful works of art, and capable of horrendous savagery. I would add this to the “highly recommended” pile.