Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity Are Revolutionizing Our View of Human Nature

Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity Are Revolutionizing Our View of Human Nature

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by Douglas T. Kenrick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465020445

ISBN-13: 9780465020447

Pub. Date: 04/26/2011

Publisher: Basic Books

Evolutionary psychology is a powerful tool but can be hackneyed. Cognitive science exposes the many inherent shortcuts and biases we use to think. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick argues that it is in the fusion of these two fields that we can begin to tell a coherent story of human nature. In his view, many

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Evolutionary psychology is a powerful tool but can be hackneyed. Cognitive science exposes the many inherent shortcuts and biases we use to think. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick argues that it is in the fusion of these two fields that we can begin to tell a coherent story of human nature. In his view, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors-- one-night stands, prejudice, conspicuous consumption, even art and religious devotion-- are quite explicable and (when desired) avoidable. When combined with insights from complexity theory, Kenrick's argument reveals how simple mechanisms give rise to complex life.

Idiosyncratic, controversial, and fascinating, Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life is an exploration of the pitfalls and promise of our biological inheritance.

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ISBN-13:
9780465020447
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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PeterCrabb More than 1 year ago
It may sound cliché, but I really could not put this wonderful book down. Professor Kenrick has written a compelling account of the latest discoveries in psychology. It is endlessly informative, often hilarious, and at times rather poignant. I won't rehash the content of the book, which brings together insights from social psychology, evolutionary theory, and dynamical systems theory to explain everything from sexual behavior to family relations, violence, prejudice, religion, and consumerism. But I will say that Kenrick goes beyond explaining things to the reader and shows how we mortals can use this treasure drove of knowledge to make our own lives, relationships, and communities happier and more sustainable. By interspersing cutting-edge research findings with sometimes startling personal anecdotes, Kenrick shines through as the kind of guy we would want to have a beer with. A stuffed-shirt academic he is not. This book is for general readers who want to connect the latest psychological findings to their own lives. It would also work well in college courses in social or evolutionary psychology. I for one look forward to reading more from Professor Kenrick.
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NeilDTN More than 1 year ago
I listened to author on late night talk show and this book and it sounded great. However, when I bought it and started reading it was boring with way to much filler about nothing. Boring, a lot backround about nothing and EASY to put down. Predictable conclusions and I felt like I was in college reading the professors book who was trying to justify his career.