The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History [NOOK Book]

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The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric.

In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth’s, as well as mankind’s, history, Howard ...
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Overview


The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric.

In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth’s, as well as mankind’s, history, Howard Bloom challenges some of our most popular scientific assumptions. Drawing on evidence from studies of the most primitive organisms to those on ants, apes, and humankind, the author makes a persuasive case that it is the group, or “superorganism,” rather than the lone individual that really matters in the evolutionary struggle. But, Bloom asserts, the prominence of society and culture does not necessarily mitigate against our most violent, aggressive instincts. In fact, under the right circumstances the mentality of the group will only amplify our most primitive and deadly urges.

In Bloom’s most daring contention he draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or “memes,” that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms. Some of the most familiar memes are utopian in nature—Christianity or Marxism; nonetheless, these are fueled by the biological impulse to climb to the top of the heirarchy. With the meme’s insatiable hunger to enlarge itself, we have a precise prescription for war.

Biology is not destiny; but human culture is not always the buffer to our most primitive instincts we would like to think it is. In these complex threads of thought lies the Lucifer Principle, and only through understanding its mandates will we able to avoid the nuclear crusades that await us in the twenty-first century.
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“A philosophical look at the history of our species which alternated between fascinating and frightening. Reading it was like reading Dean Koontz or Stephen King: I couldn’t put it down . . . . Masterful.” —Mark Graham, The Rocky Mountain News

The Lucifer Principle is a long step forward to understand human biology. Its original assessment is brilliant; its historical facts are unassailable . . . . An outstanding book.” —Dr. Richard Bergland, M.D., founder of the Department of Neurology, Sloan-Kettering, and author of The Fabric of the Mind

“A revolutionary vision of the relationship between psychology and history, The Lucifer Principle will have a profound impact on our concepts of human nature. It is astonishing that a book of such importance could be such a pleasure to read.” —Elizabeth F. Loftus, author of Mindfulness

“Destined to be the Future Shockof our time.” –Spin

The Lucifer Principle is a tour de force, a brilliant and seminal work.” –Sol Gordon, Ph.D., founder of the Institute for Family Research and Education

“An act of astonishing intellectual courage.” –Leon Uris

“Readers will be mesmerized by the mirror Bloom holds to the human condition . . . . his style is engaging, witty, and brisk . . . . He draws on a dozen years of research into a jungle of scholarly fields . . . and meticulously supports every bit of information.” —The Washington Post

“A revolutionary vision of the relationship between psychology and history, The Lucifer Principle will have a profound impact on our concepts of human nature. It is astonishing that a book of such importance could be such a pleasure to read.” —Elizabeth F. Loftus, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, and author of Memory and Eyewitness Testimony

The Lucifer Principle is the Bible of anyone who wants to know what in the hell is going on. . . . This book tells our story. It is the blueprint of our past and the justification of our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.” —Shelly Marshall, Metapsychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802192189
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 466
  • Sales rank: 221,882
  • File size: 866 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Great explanation of the reason for war among societies

    This book deeply explained the roots of human nature relating to war and social groups and their beleifs. The author cited scientific facts to back up ideas. He relates the human race very close to primates as well as comparing societies of today, to those of the past centuries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    Must be mandatory reading for all high-schools

    Very intellectual and thorough approach into nature and history... I wish it could be mandatory in all high-schools, but would it be a little too intellectual for the american education system?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    This is what a textbook should be

    Every chapter is filled with so many thoughts and ideas. What a different perspective on living and thinking. Thank-you Howard!!! The title, though shocking to some, should not be a deterrent

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Terrifying but rings true

    I read this prior to 9/11. It was eerie, picking it up after. To understand what is happening in the world today, this is the book to read. It really is brilliant and original.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    For those who seek enlightenment

    I've read thousands of books and this, by far, is the most intelligent and enlightening book I've ever discovered. If the world seems confusing, profane and sometimes idiotic to you, maybe this book will put things in an understandable context. Carrol Quigley's 'Tragedy & Hope' is it's only peer. Also, it might be good to have first read the works of Erich Fromm and Richard Dawkins, especially considering author Bloom cites their work. Thank you Howard Bloom! -James Muller

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    Very good sociological/darwinist book concerning behavior/motivation.

    This is a must have book if you're curious about human behavior/motivations and where they came from. This will not let you down, but be warned this isn't a book for the casual reader. This takes moderately deep thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

    Excellent!

    Excellent, thought provoking book, elucidating the theory that there are two forces in nature -- one constructive, the other destructive, the latter the stuff of this book. The author makes the point that creation of new things in nature, the cosmos, new countries, new ideas, and so forth, would not be feasible without the breakdown of that which comes before it. A compelling read -- one which I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Please read this book, for your sake and mine.

    In this title, Bloom does what few are willing to do: take the great variety and depth of information about human nature so far aquired by civilization, and use it to form a solid thesis on why history has unfolded in the certain way that it has. Many facts that have been otherwise glazed over by modern culture are drawn together to form a convincing, and yes, frightening picture of where humanity has been and where it is going. Reading this book, becoming aware of the arguments and evidence it presents, is like waking up from a dream and finally grasping what the world is like; if not completely correct, then without a doubt on the right track. It is enjoyable, inspirational and informational. Please read this book, for your sake and mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    incredible, revolutionary

    The Lucifer Principle introduced the most believable concept of human nature I have ever heard. Well cited examples illustrated the theory of the superorganism and spawned ideas of my own. This is truly a book to study and contemplate over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    The Bleaker, Nonetheless True, Reality of Mankind

    An astounding philosophical precedent to not only our reality, but reality in its purest of forms. Reinforced by substational studies of old and new, a unique conclusion is formed, given a life and mind of its own. The possibilities branching from this singular study are endless, moreover will prove fascinating in years - even decades - to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    This is the most important book I've read.

    The Lucifer Principle is the most realistic portrayal and explanation of natural and human history that I've ever come across. I wish it could be circulated as widely as the Bible and translated into as many languages, because it gives the reader an insight into the world as it is that surpasses anything I've seen anywhere else until now. And on top of that it is a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2000

    briliant

    The scientific reasoning that Bloom uses to describe the events through the course of history is amazing. On a side note, this book was ment to make a person think and give new ideas into the forces of history

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    BRILLIANT!

    Bloom takes Scientific Theory and transforms it into a mesmerizing adventure that any non-scientist can not only understand, but also enjoy tremendously; from page one, this book grips the reader, and doesn't let go. The author's style is so comfortable, you feel as though he were conversing with you in person. There are few books which both impart a wealth of interesting information AND which keep a reader turning the pages. This book does that, effortlessly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    a most curious and true look at life as we've known it

    A brilliant piece of work!! I had to buy another copy because the one I lent out never got returned

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