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The Moral Animal Audiobook

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

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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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    Alexander 07-02-17
    Alexander 07-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "+50% is made of vague historical ideas"
    What would have made The Moral Animal better?

    I felt the author tried to focus on too many topics: evolutionary psychology, Darwin's intellectual and social biography, natural selection, Victorian society.This whole book could have been halved. There's a lot of vague historical clutter that only adds up to the general digression of the book. Otherwise, there are some very interesting ideas in there.The author gave me the impression that he's a bit insecure on his knowledge of this topic. There was so much redundant stuff added to pretty much every explanation. There's no need to constantly mention paper titles and publication years in a popularizing book. And when an idea of evolutionary psychology was actually being explained, it was done in an average way.I just hope I'll find the motivation to finish this book, I've currently paused it after about 7 hours of listening.


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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-06-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "FREE WILL"

    Robert Wright emboldens Darwin’s theory of evolution in “The Moral Animal”. Wright argues that Darwin infers evolution is biological, an all-inclusive generative theory. Not only is humankind evolving physically through natural selection, it is evolving psychologically.

    Wright suggests Freud was on to something in the idea of id, ego, and superego. Wright endorses Freud’s suggestion of homo sapient need for social interaction and human’ libidinous thought and action. However, Wright believes Freud took the idea too far when suggesting humans have a death instinct or Oedipus complex. Neither a death instinct nor Oedipus complex makes sense in an evolutionary world where replication of life is the essence of being.

    In summary, like Richard Dawkins, Robert Wright is saying human beings are only replicating machines; without God; without free will, and dependent upon the arbitrariness of natural selection.

    3 of 4 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.

    3 of 4 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 2017
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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.

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    Connors 09-16-11
    Connors 09-16-11
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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.

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    Bryce Bochenek 11-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely loved this book. Recently heard a conversation with Wright about his more recent work, and wanted to see what he had to say over 20 years ago. The ideas are beautifully elaborated, and the use of Darwin as an exemplar throughout was an endearing addition, coloring the science with biographical insight about a man whose ideas have changed the world so profoundly.

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    Mario 10-31-17
    Mario 10-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Human nature explained."

    I loved this book. it explains so much about human nature, it even leaves room for hope at the end.

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    Aron 10-25-17
    Aron 10-25-17
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    "Inspiring, empowering book"

    I found the book empowering and "real" Though I think some thesies could have been explained in a more concise manner. A bit repetitive in my humble opinion.

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    Steve Heitz 10-24-17
    Steve Heitz 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "only for the open minded"

    wow! If you have questions, you may find some answers in this book. I have an amazing new perspective. the book could have been dumbed down slightly for me as there were some times I found myself looking up words but it certainly shined a new light for me on Darwin.

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    BDS 09-13-17
    BDS 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    Interesting, covered approachably. I highly recommend to anyone interested in human behavior and development. Narration top notch too.

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