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In this wise, humane inquiry, Csikszentmihalyi (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) argues that genetically programmed behaviors that once helped humans adapt and multiply now threaten our survival. These traits include obsessions with food and sex, addiction to pleasure, excessive rationality, and a tendency to focus on the negative. A University of Chicago psychology professor, the author also believes we must free our minds of cultural illusions, such as ethnocentric superiority or identification with one's possessions. He urges listeners to find ways to reduce the oppression, exploitation, and inequality that are woven into the fabric of society. Further, he wants us to control the direction of human evolution by pursuing challenging activities that lead to greater complexity while opposing chaos and conformity.

Each chapter concludes with self-help questions and mental exercises designed to help listeners apply the insights of this literate manifesto to their daily lives.

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Really puts life and evolution in perspective.

Great book! Just had to speed up the narration to 1.5x to stay engaged.

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  • spencerhudson
  • 03-16-17

Highly thought provoking

Highly thought provoking is about the best description one could give. The book poses a large number of self questioning and realisations Foy the reader to explore ... the ultimate path is and benefit is based on optional effort.

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  • George Broadfoot
  • 01-25-17

It's all in chapter 10

I had some great insights delivered by this book's author (via the book). Most earlier chapters I felt were wandering excursions, interesting but not very focused compared with, say, guns germs and steel.
Having very much enjoyed Flow, I thoroughly agreed with the ideas presented in the final chapter and think they will be relatable to most people (including high school students). Some fine insights made it worth the effort.
Something about the narration didn't sit well with me, but I got over it.

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  • Ms Rebekah Smith
  • 08-03-17

Enlightening

One of the most brilliant, intelligent and thought -provoking books I have come across, and I consider myself to be widely read. Highly recommended for those who are seeking to contemplate a bigger picture view of life and the world.

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  • 07-24-17

New age political correctness.

More about evolution than psychology. This does not meet the quality of his previous scientific work.