Renowned German neurobiologist Joachim Bauer uncovers the history of science’s thinking on cooperation, and in so doing unlocks the power of the individual in face of genetic evolution. Working from prehistoric times, before genes of any kind even existed, through the complex genetic processes that ensued to create human life, Bauer clearly explains how this process of evolution has been guided by creatures themselves. With modern techniques of genetic analysis, it is possible to clearly compare genetic mutations and address the reasons behind these shifts. Bauer tackles the central dogmas presente by Charles Darwin and sets forth compelling arguments for tearing down the concept of evolution being driven by the “selfish gene” or the “blind watchmaker.” As species become more and more complex, it is through community and cooperation that these complexities are taken into the genetic makeup. Bauer uses clear language to explain this history to the non-specialist, and his practical applications will appeal to anyone curious about why we have evolved as we have, and what we can do to continue to improve.