While the book was informative and for the most part well constructed, I did find my mind wandering off a bit. For me - it seemed a bit dry in parts and took too long to make some of the points, but overall, I still enjoyed the book.
A well written book with some compelling ideas. The narrator, Arthur Morey, was so natural and convincing, it was though the book was being read by the author himself. Well done.
I really enjoyed the content of this book and the narration. Some points were a little hard to follow and I'd have to listen to it again to let the idea sink in or get myself back on track.
I was fascinated by the tiny tidbit about religion in Guns Germs and Steel, and this book was what I found to give me the big picture. It was utterly fascinating. (I did have to listen at 1.5 speed instead of my usual 1.25, but I was captivated.)
To certain friends. It is basically the argument from his earlier book Nonzero, extended to the topic of religion and theology.
The most interesting is Wright's provocative claim that the book's thesis provides evidence for the existence of "God" (very loosely defined). It's the kind of claim that will please no one; it's too watery for true believers and too spooky for most modern thinkers.
Wright's got a dry sense of humor that often comes in the form of understatement. The narrator is not as good at pulling it off as the author would be.
No- it's a good capstone to The Moral Animal and Nonzero- I suspect his next book will be about Buddhism.
I read nothing that is popular.
Robert Wright's theories in "The Evolution of God" is interesting, but also a tough subject to tackle. As I become older, I'm becoming more of an atheist. It's not so much I'm not a believer, but I have my doubt there is a God. The book is broken up into three main religions.Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Wright writes how God evolved overtime through different religions. He does not dismiss a God, but he explains the non zero sum. This was just a hard book to tackle because I'm not so religious that I think that God was my designer, but I also think that God was a myth from our ancestors and their stories got embellished overtime through religions.
This is not for the fundamentalist, but essential to those who have an open mind and want an intellectual inquiry into development of religion. I'd give it five stars all around except for repetition. The author clearly knows his stuff.
This book brings it all together- literally.
His quantum mechanics=Deist thesis is a little out there, but he explains it that way.
Otherwise it is an amazing book- should be required reading