Everyday Survival

Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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Laurence Gonzales turns his talent for gripping narrative, knowledge of the way our minds and bodies work, and bottomless curiosity about the world to the topic of how we can best use the lessons of our evolutionary history to overcome the hazards of everyday life.

He finds that natural laws profoundly affect our actions, and he reveals the hidden causes and costs of our behavior, whether as individuals or as a species, whose decisions may be leading to darker times.

Whether you are climbing a mountain or the corporate ladder, Everyday Survival will change the way you view your choices in our complex, dangerous, and quickly changing world.

©2008 Laurence Gonzales (P)2008 BBC Audio
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A reread that really holds up over the years

Still a great read after all these years, and I'm glad it does. I highly recommend to anyone looking for something different, and with regards to the mind, how it relates to our world, and how they shape one another.

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very little

This is a well written story of the author's upbringing and life experiences, however reads more like a autobiography not as the synopsis states. Only the first 3 chapters deal with the title and synopsis of the book the rest is well written filler that is not about the stated theme. Here is my synopsis: man made global warming and western consumerism is killing us all but all the while making it all possible for he and us to make and consume this book.
So Sip a latte and lesson to how we are all circling the drain in comfort for some and penury for others.... oh and cognitive dissonance is writing brain scripts that we follow that helped evolved us to the state we are but are now holding us back.

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Don’t waste your time

His earlier books were very good, but with this he bought into the politics of climate change and ruined what could have been another good book.

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