I was absolutely amazed that a theory of origin could so succinctly describe and explain the rationale for modern human behaviour. I am a born skeptic but, this work is very good. What a beautiful gift it was to learn from this book the true nature we hide from ourselves and by knowing, to gain power over it. Reading this book was an exercise in liberation. As some skeptics of evolution have said, "the truth will set you free" and so it does.
To make the information more readable and to explain his points, the author brings in stories from Darwin's life from his love for his wife to his devout faith in god. This does makes the book less academic and more personal. The narration was very well done and easy to listen to.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I was highly impressed with Wright's use of Darwin himself, to elaborate on his research. The man's life was so interesting, and not many books on Evolution (at least that I've read) really touch on it. This book is well thought out, and captivating. Essentially, it traces the evolutionary past of why we act the way we do. If you're familiar with the basics of Evolution, then this is a must-read.
The only concern I have is the narrarator. It pains me to write this, since the book itself is so great, but the reader almost put me to sleep a few times. I almost gave the "Performance" 2 stars, but felt that it may unfairly skew the overall rating of the book in a way that I consider unjust. Bottom line is that this book needs to be read, but they could've chosen a better reader.
This books sums up many theories about the evolution of the human mind and human behavior. Well written and comprehensive.
The Believing Brain and Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer. Also, the Evolution of God. I would also highly recommend The God Part of the Brain by Matthew Alper (not available on audio book :) but an excellent read)
Not really a book that has "scenes" but the flow of the book explaining the theories is very natural and comfortable.
What every human should know.
The use of Darwin's life and his relationships is educational and insightful.
While I may surely agree with the overall premise of this text I find the exposition nothing more than verbal mish-mash. The author goes from totally unintelligible pseudo academic contrivance to the most common conversational non-sense,
Much of the text is devoted to the life of Darwin, There are no small number of bios that deal with Darwin's life in a more scholarly fashion.
The rest of the text is sheer babble.
The narrator's voice recalls a comic from my childhood who played a scholar that babbled fancy words that meant nothing.
I am on my third listening, and I plan more.
Thornton gives a perfect reading, please get him to read more.
This book is quite interesting but quite detailed and scientific. You have to be interested in the science piece of it and understand the science piece of it, to understand the book and the conclusions he draws. That said it's an interesting book on Darwin and The theory of evolution. He tries to show how a lot of our actions and the way we interact with people is based on The way that we developed in prehistoric times as a social people.
This is one of the books that should be listened multiple times. Perfect for people passionate about evolutionary psychology. Could have used simpler and more modern words but anyway still a masterpiece.
Mostly a good book, but it is not self-reflective when it gets to the free will vs determinism section: it says there is no free will, no place to give credit or blame, but gives goals to strive for - as if we could if we followed the author's conclusion in the book.
I highly recommend this book to all. religious or not. I myself an religious and I find this book to give me a new light of different aspects of life. I also do not feel that this book in anyway attacks religion. this book and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis both provide an excellent discussion on similar subject matter.