Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts / Edition 2

Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts / Edition 2

by Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465031242

ISBN-13: 9780465031245

Pub. Date: 10/02/2012

Publisher: Basic Books


Why do we want—and why do we do—so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy—our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly…  See more details below

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Why do we want—and why do we do—so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy—our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these "mean genes" into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts—before they beat us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031245
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
253,917
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Our toughest battles are with ourselves1
THIN WALLETS AND FAT BODIES
Debt Laughing all the way to the Darwinian bank15
bankruptcy · savings · big business
Fat Please don't feed the humans35
dieting · laziness · liposuction
CONSTANT CRAVINGS
Drugs Hijacking the pleasure pathway59
caffeine · alcohol · prozac · addiction · hope
Risk Thrill-seeking genes taking us for a ride83
casinos · jalapeño peppers · roller-coasters · rewards
Greed Running fast on the happiness treadmill105
money · happiness · materialism · progress · joy
ROMANCE AND REPRODUCTION
Gender Girls against the boys131
mars & venus · hormones · homosexuality, culture
Beauty It's more than skin deep153
attraction · desire · fads
Infidelity Our cheating hearts173
marriage · cheaters · love · lust ·promise
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FOES
Family The ties that bind199
blood · siblings · conflict · motherhood
Friends and Foes Keep friends close and enemies closer213
warfare · race · gossip · road rage · loyalty
Conclusion Surviving desire245
Acknowledgments255
Index257

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