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questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science understanding of the evolution of human moral sentiments and draws out. acquainted with objections to the theory of evolution. The idea was hardly new. In The Moral Animal, author Robert Wright surveys some pre-Darwinian theories. The Moral Animal by Robert Wright is an eye opening book of why we are the way we are and why we do what we do. Read here a summary.
Print Hardcover and Paperback. But all women, be madonnas or whores, are at the end of they very similar to each other. This book will open your eyes to how humans really work and what makes them tick. Robert Wright says that in most groups a pecking order arises from an initial one of chaos. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Deception and Self Deception Chapter Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life Vintage 1.
Where does sibling rivalry come from?
Why do parents favor some children over others? What evolutionary advantages might come from having low self-esteem? What are the biological roots of self-deception?
These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years, as well as one of the most genuinely important.
As he presents the latest findings in the emerging field of evolutionary psychology—which views human behavior in light of Darwinian theory—Robert Wright unveils the unconscious strategies that shape our romantic choices, familial feelings, friendships, and office politics. And on a deeper level, this book compels us to rethink our most basic moral assumptions, with lasting implications for our public policy as well as for our intimate daily actions.
Chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year. A brilliant and troubling attempt to look into who we really are.
This clever and stimulating book is destined to become a classic. It is, into the bargain, an intellectual entertainment argued with wit and style. Fiercely intelligent, beautifully written and engrossingly original. Wright writes with a consistent, irreverent wit that does not hide a heartfelt seriousness of purpose.
The new field of evolutionary psychology—which seeks to explain human behavior, thought and emotions in terms of Darwinian evolution—finds its most articulate exponent in Robert Wright. In attempting to unravel the evolutionary logic behind friendship, romance, xenophobia, racism, sibling rivalry, and so forth, Wright leavens his presentation with wit and humor, interlacing a biographical profile of Charles Darwin, whose marriage, sex life, personal tragedies and travels in turns are thrust in a neo-Darwinian light.
An eye-opening, thought-provoking, spine-tingling, mind-boggling, wish-I-had-thought-of-that sort of science book. An engrossing guide, written with wit and an eye to inducting the ignorant into evolutionary psychology.
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Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. My education has been steeped in what many writers refer to as the "Standard Social Scientific Model" - one of the assumptions of the SSSM is that environmental and cultural influences are the dominant consideration in shaping a human life, and that a person's nature is either a secondary or non-existent consideration.
Because of this, I had been very resistant for years to any book focusing on human nature, or genetic explanations for simple or complex human behavior. Robert Wright's "The Moral Animal" changed all this. Part of what brought this about is the fact that Wright is such a clear and lucid writer. Frankly, had this book been written by someone of lesser skills with explanation, I probably would've put it down.
Now, in my work as a psychotherapist, I'm much more likely to think in terms of what challenges of evolutionary importance are my clients having trouble coping with, such as issues regarding status, procreation, and things that would've spelled death to our neolithic ancestors. Furthermore, another conclusion that I've reached after reading this book is that Charles Darwin is given not given enough credit in psychology writing for his brilliant insights into human feelings and behavior; this needs to change.
As Darwin said, if you want to understand people, just watch a troop of baboons, if you ever have the opportunity. Excellent introduction to Evolutionary Psychology, in part because of how well written it is and also in no small measure due to the force of the ideas the author introduces. All this, despite being nearly 20 years in print. The chapter on self-deception itself is easily worth the price of the book.
Not only that, when you look around and see it so prevalently on the news, with talking heads, with politicians, with bosses, coworkers, friends and even with yourself, the net result is not outrage so much as a sort of resignation to the notion that this is the way things are. The obvious lesson, of course, is to attempt to train yourself to keep your eyes and ears open, knowing full well that the voice you hear in your own head is the one you are most susceptible to believing in and the one least likely to possess even a modicum of credibility.
Good luck. All the same, a quite remarkable book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
Wright is evidently a good writer. He easily attracts the reader's attention, and takes them on a journey to understand the basics of evolutionary psychology. The scientific content in the book is very clear and refined in order to paint a good enough picture of the foundations of evolutionary psychology, providing historical accounts and useful analogies to explain various concepts from that field of study.
My main criticism of the book is directed towards the parts which I can imagine are someone else's favorite part of the book.
Namely, the parts detailing Darwin's life. I fully understand the literary significance of using Darwin as an example, but as a case to support Evo Psych, it seems like the writer is cherry picking events which fit his explanatory models.
I believe simply using anthropological and psychological evidence is more appropriate to convince the reader, but I guess the writer had a different idea in mind. All in all, those parts were informative, but I found myself skimming them rather than actively reading them. Perhaps another point I disliked about the book is how the writer claims he will always point out his sociopolitical inferences from the science, in order to not confuse the reader, but ends up adding his views about the ethical, social, and political implications of the science without clearly pointing out they are merely his personal opinions, at least not all the time.
In conclusion, Robert Wright is more than excellent in conveying the important ideas. And I believe The Moral Animal is a must read for any one who is interested in Evolutionary Psychology and the origin of human nature.
This book will open your eyes to how humans really work and what makes them tick. Morality is a result of evolution. Every tiny bit of our "values" can be explained by science; change the conditions and polygamy or even murder could be a virtue.