The Moral Animal is THE book on evolutionary psychology. Robert Wright applies a straightforward game-theoretic analysis to theorize how natural selection shaped human psychology, and gets remarkably penetrating insights into human nature.
I feel like I am seeing human nature laid bare. I find myself shaking my head in awe, because after I hear Wright's characterization of some social dynamic, it seems so clear obvious in retrospect that I can't believe it's not common knowledge.
I also love the way Wright applies the principles of evolutionary psychology to analyze episodes in Darwin's life. Wright's Darwinian understanding of human nature enriches the book's view into Darwin's life.
This is one of the best books in the entire Audible collection. A must-listen.
I was worried that the book would be too simplistic and repetitive, but it's smart and original and full of insight. It convinced me that people's lives in the past were worse than I thought, and the future looks bright, and humanity is on a steady upward trend.
This was one of my favorite listens, and I recommend it to anyone who likes good nonfiction.
I'm very interested in the subject matter, but I was afraid this would be too dumbed-down and oversimplified. I was skeptical that it would enhance my knowledge of the brain.
I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed characterization of mental plasticity. This is definitely one of my favorite audiobooks.
I also think this goes well together with Jeff Hawkins' "On Intelligence" audiobook.
The How to Win Friends and Influence People audiobook transformed my life, so I thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately, I can't say I got much out of the book's content.
But Andrew MacMillan reading Dale Carnegie is epic. I've never seen heard such an incredible author/narrator matchup (except maybe Richard Dawkins reading Charles Darwin), and this made it a pretty enjoyable listen.
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