The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life

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Vintage Books, 1995 - Psychology - 466 pages
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From the work of evolutionary biologists and of scholars all across the social sciences, a new science called evolutionary psychology is emerging, and with it a radically revised view of human nature and the human mind. In its light, the oldest and most basic questions look different and wholly new questions arise. Are men and women really built for monogamy? What kinds of self-deception are favored by evolution, and why? How and why do childhood experiences make a person more or less conscientious? What is the evolutionary logic behind office politics - or politics in general? Why is there a love-hate relationship between siblings? When, if ever, is love truly pure? Is the human sense of justice - and of just retribution - innate? Does it truly serve justice?

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Mostly loved the insight into Darwin's life - Goodreads
I actually don't like the writing style. - Goodreads
A great introduction to the field. - Goodreads
a good read/intro into evolutionary psychology. - Goodreads
Insight into human nature. - Goodreads
This book is a great introduction. - Goodreads

Review: The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

User Review  - Mustafa Abdin - Goodreads

Great book for anyone interested in psychology from an evolutionary perspective. You can understand concepts like sexual selection, PI (parental investment), mating strategies etc. Read full review

Review: The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

User Review  - Shelley Zhao - Goodreads

I had the awesome experience of having class with the author, Robert Wright. His book definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things I took for granted. This book and his class blew my mind. I highly recommend it. Just don't be sure you can look at things the same way again. Read full review

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