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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 [Kindle Edition]

Colin Tudge
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'Given the scope of these great questions, Tudge does a good job in making relatively succinct and practical suggestions on how we might take action to find alternative solutions that help challenge "the dangerous ideas that dominate our lives" ... On a firm foundation of a broad, scientifically philosophical metaphysic we can build a social infrastructure based on sound economic and political theory, which will in turn make day-to-day realities of life more cooperative, healthy and meaningful. This one might call a new theology of collaboration, based, as Tudge defines it, on "transcendence, oneness, compassion and humility." ... Tudge is one of many voices calling for just such a "nice," kindly, new theology. And one might well ask: "ain't that nice enough for starters? What's not to like?" ' -- Martin Lockley, Scientific & Medical Network Review 'This wise and far-reaching book points the way to a better, more inclusive kind of science and a better, more inclusive kind of religion in a positive, constructive relationship. This is surely what we need most in the twenty-first century and Tudge is a genial guide for all who feel the need to move on from scientific and religious fundamentalism, environmentally destructive capitalism and an economic philosophy of selfishness, competition and limitless growth. Tudge points the way to a new kind of agriculture, a new way of living in harmony with our planet and the universe, and with each other. This book is an impressive synthesis and is admirably non-technical, conversational and approachable. Tudge, one of our most distinguished science writers, is a prophet for our time, and a very welcome voice of sanity and reason.' -- Rupert Sheldrake 'This book more than lives up to its subtitle. It does indeed challenge big bad ideas, whether they be about the natural world, the human condition within it, or our habits of thought and behaviour, and suggests some bigger, better ideas for the future. In short replace the conventional wisdom. All this is laid out in easy but scholarly fashion, and the conclusions are a personal testament. Think differently is the message. We are now better able to do so.' -- Sir Crispin Tickell 'Tudge is a biologist, brought up on the positivistic prejudices that dominated the mid-20th century, but never able fully to accept them. He seeks to do two things: first, to challenge these materialist prejudices, and, second, to argue that metaphysics are essential to our practical enter prises... The book is written with great humour and in an easy-going, conversational style, and may be taken as a sign of what may really be a change of cultural tide.' -- Church Times 'The title of this book works as an excellent resume: it is well worth reading... This is a powerful book with important ideas. It is easy to read, with a wealth of illustrative stories and a good index. Though not professing to be a Christian the author has discussed his ideas with those who are and is widely read.' -- ThirdWay 'This is an important book and should be read widely... it covers a great deal of ground, all of it of interest and some of it of vital relevance to how we judge the universe and ourselves.' -- Literary Review

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 086315963X
  • Publisher: Floris Books (21 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully thought-provoking 16 Sep 2013
This is delightfully thought-provoking book, and a timely one too. It deals with some of the big questions of our, or indeed any, Age. It seeks to help us understand what is going on in the world, and far beyond. It is also wittily written, despite dealing with such a serious subject.

Basically, says Colin Tudge, we can look at everything we see and understand through two different lenses. One offers the outlook of the believers, for whom religion provides most of the answers to the big questions of life and destiny. Through the other we see the world of the rational scientists, for whom fact trumps hunches, faith and intuition every time.

But, Tudge says, common sense and a lot of evidence indicate that reality actually lies somewhere between these two views. He says that while Darwin, Newton, Einstein and so many others were basically right in all they said, there is more to the universe and existence than mathematics and test tubes can ever prove. Many cutting-edge quantum physicists increasingly agree.

Tudge argues too that several important scientific notions, shorn of their proper context, are also being applied where they do not belong, notably to economics and in our ideas about social development. So it is that we focus on the individual and competition much more than we once did, because we are told that science says that this is what nature intends. Everything needs to be a battle, we are led to believe, whether it is within our cells or within our societies.

Such ideas not only underpin a materialistic view of the universe, making us think that there is nothing more out there than particles and void. They also encourage extreme materialism within society.
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Tudge makes a good case that cooperation and compassion are more common and achieve more in the world than the fight to survive and win philosophy. And he manages to suggest that most of the great religions of the world are a force for good without coming across as an evangelical nutcase.
But alas he overstretches himself in the final part of the book telling us how to change our system of government revealing himself to be a good biologist but an economic nincompoop. His call for more socialism, more nationalised industries, more farmers shops, less supermarkets and so on is so naive as to be embarrassing. And suddenly I start questioning the big points he made about our evolution. Does he really know what he's talking about?
And yet I think his fight to recognise the importance of transcendence in the human condition strikes a chord which will stay with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A potentially life changing book. 20 July 2014
By James
In my life I have come across maybe two or three books that have had a massive impact on my understanding of the world. This is one of them. Although I do not wholly agree with his conclusions Colin's genuis is to challenge the zeitgeist inin a compelling and convincing way. Read this-your life Will be better for it.
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