I am on my third listening, and I plan more.
Thornton gives a perfect reading, please get him to read more.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Robert Wright emboldens Darwin’s theory of evolution in “The Moral Animal”. Wright argues that Darwin infers evolution is biological, an all-inclusive generative theory. Not only is humankind evolving physically through natural selection, it is evolving psychologically.
Wright suggests Freud was on to something in the idea of id, ego, and superego. Wright endorses Freud’s suggestion of homo sapient need for social interaction and human’ libidinous thought and action. However, Wright believes Freud took the idea too far when suggesting humans have a death instinct or Oedipus complex. Neither a death instinct nor Oedipus complex makes sense in an evolutionary world where replication of life is the essence of being.
In summary, like Richard Dawkins, Robert Wright is saying human beings are only replicating machines; without God; without free will, and dependent upon the arbitrariness of natural selection.
Boring (and I love to geek out on this kind of stuff).
I didn't feel that the other reviews and the description gave an accurate account of what I was getting.
This books put many things into a new perspective; it is one of the rare books that have transformed the way I see myself, my life (both external and internal), society, and life in general.
The insights kept coming, chapter after chapter...
Pinched, tight, not very pleasant. But the book is so great that this can be overlooked.
I have seldom experienced such sustained excitement in listening to an audiobook.
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.
Didn't really want to hear about Darwin's life, but forced to to get thru the book for tidbits of interesting info
not at all
This book seemed more about the life of Darwin than anything else.
The first half of this book is exciting, provocative and excellently argued. I was amazed about how the evolutionary psychology discussed could mirror my life. I had decided to buy a kindle version as well to read over. But the 2nd half was a complete disappointment. Boring, insipid and more a biography of Darwin's life, not something I had signed up for. Also the theories were now discussed in such a way as to fit into Darwin's life retrospectively.
That's why it's 2 books; the first half mind-blowing, the 2nd, contrived and boring. But just for the first half, the book is worth 4 stars.
I would, only for the 1st half
There were no characters
Yes, the 1st half was un-put-down-able
Dawkins' selfish gene and blind watchmaker explore similar themes but the 3 books complement each other. Whilst Dawkins usually deigns to comment on morality, Wright is happy to give us his view. The first section on gender differences superficially sounds chauvinistic and dated until we remind ourselves of the "blindness" of natural selection. The one point Dawkins made about being able to raise ourselves above our evolutionary tendencies is put into doubt in this book as we struggle with our concept of free will. This is excellent reading for an explanation of reciprocal altruism, kin selection and non zero sum games.
This is a great and insightful introduction to evolutionary psychology. I'd recommend everyone to read it. There's a lot of knowledge from that discipline that is useful in our daily lives and that help understand what is known as the human nature.
While listening to the audio book, I found myself wanting to underline a lot of the contents. I think I will buy the print version as well.
Thumbs up to the narrator. He deserves special congratulations. Too bad there are no more books in the audible library narrated by him.
This book is 100% worth your time and money.
The author does a fair job of explaining in simple terms how complex emotional feelings and behavioral tendencies can be shaped by evolution but then gets trapped in his own cultural biases.
Less opinion presented as fact would have made this a better book.