Third Basic Instinct: How Religion Doesn't Get You

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"Winner of independent publisher awards, The Third Basic Instinct is a one-of-a-kind journey into the mind and religion. In addition to the basic animal instincts to survive and to reproduce, humans possess a crucial third instinct, which has been a force for scientific discovery, innovation, and emotional intelligence. Without it, humans would not have evolved so far beyond other animals. Unfortunately, a grave threat to this fundamental asset is organized religion, which restricts human potential, but rather ...
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"Winner of independent publisher awards, The Third Basic Instinct is a one-of-a-kind journey into the mind and religion. In addition to the basic animal instincts to survive and to reproduce, humans possess a crucial third instinct, which has been a force for scientific discovery, innovation, and emotional intelligence. Without it, humans would not have evolved so far beyond other animals. Unfortunately, a grave threat to this fundamental asset is organized religion, which restricts human potential, but rather than raging about the dismantling of all organized religion, Key focuses instead on the importance of carefully choosing one's personal belief system. Drawing examples from ancient and contemporary history and science, The Third Basic Instinct paints a thought-provoking picture of the conflict between religion and human nature. "
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  • ISBN-13: 9781439245057
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/27/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Heavily Recommended for freeing your mind!

    An easily understandable approach to understanding religions roots, effects and position with mankind. The book lacks citiations, but, if your an avid reader of pro-evolution works, then most of the information is completely fimiliar.

    Great read!

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    Really good - definitely worth reading

    The title of this book is a bit misleading - it isn't about religion so much as it is about what motivates us as human beings. Religion (and God) certainly play into that, but Mr Key's obviously well-researched book spends a lot more time exploring why we do what we do (and how we can do it better going forward) than he does explaining the ways religion might fail us, which is what the title hints at. Beautifully written; fascinating facts about science, culture, and religion; thought-provoking and probably worth reading twice.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Eye Opening!

    As someone who grew up in a Christian household, I was really intrigued when I heard about this book as it gave a well-written, researched and thought-provoking study on the other side of religion - how science could be the greatest belief system of all. The author obviously knows his stuff and is very well educated on this topic. He uses humor, stories and real world events to really drive home the overall theme of the book - the conflict between organized religion and human nature. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Exciting read!

    Found this to be an exciting read at every turn of the page. Never lacked eye-opening research and real world stories that not only highlight how the science is relevant, but I also discovered a lot about religion and the mind, even having read books in the gendre before. I am guessing that the prior review was for the old edition of the book, as this revised edition was very well put together indeed.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Mostly Common Sense

    According to Key, the third basic instinct is curiousity, or a desire to seek information and, thereby intelligence. This is all well and good on the surface, but this book is more about using the common sense one already has rather than gleaning anything novel or informative from Key's disertation on what occupies humans with their place in the world after fulfilling the first two basic instincts (i.e.; the need for procreation and survival of the individual). I failed to find anything thought-provoking about Key's approach to human's basic instincts and, actually, consider his presentation of the subject to be somewhat amatuerish at times. There are more capable writers out there dealing with this same subject.

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