Sex, murder, and the meaning of life: [a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature]

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"Kenrick writes like a dream."-Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology and Neurology, Stanford University; author of 'A Primate's Memoir' and 'Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers'   What do sex and murder have to do with the meaning of life? Everything. In 'Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life', social psychologist Douglas Kenrick exposes the selfish animalistic underside of human nature, and shows how it is intimately connected to our greatest and most selfless achievements. Masterfully integrating cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, and complexity theory, this intriguing book paints a comprehensive picture of the principles that govern our lives. As Kenrick divulges, beneath our civilized veneer, human beings are a lot like howling hyenas and barking baboons, with headsfull of homicidal tendencies and sexual fantasies. But, in his view, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors-such as inclinations to one-night stands, racial prejudices, and conspicuous consumption-ultimately manifest what he calls "Deep Rationality."Although our heads are full of simple selfish biases that evolved to help our ancestors survive, modern human beings are anything but simple and selfish cavemen. Kenrick argues that simple and selfish mental mechanisms we inherited from our ancestors ultimately give rise to the multifaceted social lives that we humans lead today, and to the most positive features of humanity, including generosity, artistic creativity, love, and familial bonds. And out of those simple mechanisms emerge all thecomplexities of society, including international conflicts and global economic markets. By exploring the nuance of social psychology and the surprising results of his own research, Kenrick offers a detailed picture of what makes us caring, creative, and complex-that is, fully human. Illuminated with stories from Kenrick's own colorful experiences - from his criminally inclined shantytown Irish relatives, his own multiple high school expulsions, broken marriages, and homicidal fantasies, to his eventual success as an evolutionary psychologist and loving father of two boys separated by 26 years - this book is an exploration of our mental biases and failures, and our mind's great successes. Idiosyncratic, controversial, and fascinating, 'Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life' uncovers the pitfalls and promise of our biological inheritance.
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display_description Why do we do what we do? Especially those seemingly inexplicable behaviorsfrom the disreputable to the downright despicable? Between what can be learned from evolutionary psychology (thinking that has developed in our species over the millenniums to ensure its propagation) and cognitive science (how our minds literally think) a picture emerges. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick fuses these two fields to create a coherent story of human nature. In his analysis, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors one-night stands, prejudice, conspicuous consumption, even art and religious devotion are quite explicable and (when desired) avoidable. When combined with insights from complexity theory, Kenrick's argument reveals how simple mechanisms give rise to complex life. Through an engaging blend of anecdote, analogy and research findings, Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life takes listeners on a singular tour of the human mind, exploring the pitfalls and promises of our biological inheritance.
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subject_facet Aggressiveness, Cognitive science, Downloadable audio books, Electronic books, Evolution (Biology), Human evolution, Sex, Social psychology
title_display Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature
title_full Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature / Douglas T. Kenrick, Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature [electronic resource] / Douglas T. Kenrick, Sex, murder, and the meaning of life [electronic resource] : [a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature] / Douglas T. Kenrick, Sex, murder, and the meaning of life [electronic resource] : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature / Douglas T. Kenrick
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title_sub [a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature]
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