Why Genes Are Not Selfish and People Are Nice: A Challenge to the Dangerous Ideas that Dominate our Lives

Why Genes Are Not Selfish and People Are Nice: A Challenge to the Dangerous Ideas that Dominate our Lives

by Colin Tudge

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Overview

The modern world is dominated by ideas that are threatening to kill us: that life is one long battle from conception to grave; that all creatures, including human beings, are driven by their selfish DNA; that the universe is just stuff, for us to use at will. These ideas are seen as emerging from science and hard-nosed philosophy, and become self-fulfilling. They have led us to create a world in perpetual strife,that is unjust and in many ways precarious. This remarkable book by an experienced author and thinker argues there's another way of looking at the world that is just as rooted in modern science, and yet says precisely the opposite: that life is in fact cooperative; all creatures, including human beings, are basically nice; that there's more to the 'stuff' of the world than meets the eye. This book is both a powerful call to rethink our assumptions, and a message of hope for those who believe we're doomed to self-destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863159770
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 03/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by trade. He has written many books on natural history, evolution, food and farming. He has a lifelong interest in agriculture; he and his wife, Ruth, run the Campaign for Real Farming. He lives in Oxford, England.

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