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

Douglas T. Kenrick


“Kenrick writes like a dream.”—Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology and Neurology, Stanford college; writer of A Primate’s Memoir and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers What do intercourse and homicide need to do with the which means of lifestyles? Everything.
In Sex, homicide, and the that means of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick exposes the egocentric animalistic underside of human nature, and indicates the way it is in detail attached to our best and such a lot selfless achievements. Masterfully integrating cognitive technology, evolutionary psychology, and complexity conception, this exciting e-book paints a accomplished photo of the rules that govern our lives. As Kenrick divulges, underneath our civilized veneer, humans are much like howling hyenas and barking baboons, with heads packed with homicidal trends and sexual fantasies. yet, in his view, many ingrained, it sounds as if irrational behaviors—such as tendencies to one-night stands, racial prejudices, and conspicuous consumption—ultimately appear what he calls “Deep Rationality.”

Although our heads are filled with easy egocentric biases that advanced to assist our ancestors live on, sleek people are whatever yet uncomplicated and egocentric cavemen. Kenrick argues that easy and egocentric psychological mechanisms we inherited from our ancestors finally provide upward push to the multifaceted social lives that we people lead this present day, and to the main optimistic positive aspects of humanity, together with generosity, inventive creativity, love, and familial bonds. And out of these uncomplicated mechanisms emerge all of the complexities of society, together with foreign conflicts and international financial markets. through exploring the nuance of social psychology and the wonderful result of his personal learn, Kenrick deals a close photograph of what makes us being concerned, artistic, and complex—that is, totally human.

 Illuminated with tales from Kenrick’s personal colourful reviews -- from his criminally prone shantytown Irish kin, his personal a number of highschool expulsions, damaged marriages, and homicidal fantasies, to his eventual luck as an evolutionary psychologist and loving father of 2 boys separated by means of 26 years -- this e-book is an exploration of our psychological biases and screw ups, and our mind’s nice successes. Idiosyncratic, arguable, and engaging, Sex, homicide, and the that means of Life uncovers the pitfalls and promise of our organic inheritance.

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