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The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology | [Robert Wright]

The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.
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Publisher's Summary

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

©1995 Robert Wright (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An accessible introduction to the science of evolutionary psychology and how it explains many aspects of human nature. Unlike many books on the topic,which focus on abstractions like kin selection, this book focuses on Darwinian explanations of why we are the way we are--emotionally and morally. Wright deals particularly well with explaining the reasons for the stereotypical dynamics of the three big "S's:" sex, siblings, and society." (Amazon.com review)

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    Mel 07-13-11
    Mel 07-13-11
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    "One of the most intelligent books ever written"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-10-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Uses Darwin's Life To Prove The Point"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 12-05-12
    Tina Honokaa, HI, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Every Human Should Read This Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This books sums up many theories about the evolution of the human mind and human behavior. Well written and comprehensive.


    What other book might you compare The Moral Animal to and why?

    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)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really a book that has "scenes" but the flow of the book explaining the theories is very natural and comfortable.


    If you could give The Moral Animal a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What every human should know.


    Any additional comments?

    The use of Darwin's life and his relationships is educational and insightful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connors Pacifica, CA, United States 09-16-11
    Connors Pacifica, CA, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A masterpiece"

    I am on my third listening, and I plan more.

    Thornton gives a perfect reading, please get him to read more.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BkkBanker 03-21-15
    BkkBanker 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great intro to Evolutionary Psychology"

    I was looking for a book that could give me a great foundation and background of Evolutionary Psychology, and this book was perfect!

    It goes through the fundamentals of Evolutionary Psychology as well as giving the history of Darwin to give a lot of examples and understand where the evolution theory came from and how it evolved during Darwin's life.

    This book is great for anyone interested in evolution theory, evolutionary psychology or human behavior in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brindle Dallas, TX 03-20-15
    Brindle Dallas, TX 03-20-15 Member Since 2011

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    "This book is absolute rubbish"

    Not only is the "science" complete rubbish, but the narrator sounds like he needs to blow his nose. Skip it.

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    02-25-15
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    "a lot of insights into how we became what we are"

    even though the book is occasionally a bit dry both in content and performance, it is a worthwhile listen. it dives into the evolution of human morality takes a slightly critical stance about the more easy-going view of e.g. "sex at dawn", critically. discusses Frans de Waal's primate research in fairly some detail. certainly a highly recommendable contribution to an ongoing discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pray4orphans 01-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Informative and Entertaining When Applied"

    I enjoyed this listen despite not being a big fan of the narrator's delivery (clear but mildly irritating). Wright provides a good overview of the field and several consequences of the ideas developed. He takes a semi-biographical narrative of Darwin's personal life and his development of theories of evolution and natural selection to draw the basis and examples for later developments in the understanding of psychology and utilitarian philosophy. He answers possible objections by critics, skeptics, and adherents to that great idol of "free" will, all while providing possible positive perspectives one could have if taking the mindset of the subject at hand. While listening, I tried to apply the topics raised to my personal experience and to those around me. This activity led to a great deal of additional entertainment, especially when evaluating the subtle sibling rivalry and behavioral motivations of my sons. I'd recommend trying it out for yourself.

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    Nanette 01-06-15
    Nanette 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Creative Use of Darwin's Journals"

    Excellent read. Interesting perspective and insight regarding human morality, sexuality, and balancing instinct (natural selection) with intellect. I enjoyed the choice to utilize Darwin's life via journals as a practical reference to apply the paradigm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    taskforce 12-09-14
    taskforce 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, bad narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Moral Animal the most enjoyable?

    Awesome book, very insightful


    Have you listened to any of Greg Thornton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This dude sounds like Kermit the Frog, you need to get Victor Bevine up in this bitch


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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