• Everyday Survival

  • Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
  • By: Laurence Gonzales
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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By: Laurence Gonzales
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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interesting yet at the same time boring

his first book deep survival was an interesting read. I tried to read this book and put it down. Thus, I started listening to this book and got through it. I still don't know what this book was about. just randomly borimg.

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Not about global warming?

The author claims the book is not about global warming, then spends the bike of the book talking about just that.

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Interesting idea poor execution

I read and really liked the author’s other book Deep Survival earlier in the year and figured I would give this book a try too. The author has a lot of interesting subject matter but it’s not very cohesive and feels like a conglomeration of odds and ends cast off from his other work. I also get the sense that the author is writing about topics such as earth history, meta physics, and evolutionary biology that he doesn’t understand all that well in comparison to the survival material in his other book. Anyway, I’m rooting for a future proper follow up to Deep Survival from this author.

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Title is deceiving

Really like him as a writer, but struggled with this one. First chapter was promising and had me hooked, but afterwards felt like I was in a lecture hall that I didn't sign up for.
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A Deep Dive

This was the third or fourth time I've listened to this book. Mr Gonzalez analyzes the reasons that intelligent, experienced people make stupid mistakes. Then he goes on to analyze the root causes of experience, intelligence, and life itself!

new key words: Second Law of Thermodynamics, Philosophy, Santa Fe Institute, Alvin

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A Much Needed Assessment

This is a fantastic book that combines storytelling with archeology, neuroscience, technology, environmentalism and biology. Gonzales isa gifted writer that deserves to be on par with todays top public intellectuals.

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Climate Alarmist Trash

I loved Deep Survival, this is not even close. It is a climate change alarmist essay with a thin disguise as a follow up to Deep Survival. Don’t waste your time or money on it and feel free to write off Lawrence Gonzalez forever.