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on 5 October 2014
Some interesting explanations here on the biological/psychological origins of desire. Overall though this is really quite a derivative work presenting other people peoples views rather than adding anything. As such it has been researched as a student might research for an essay...consequently the understanding shown in some areas is shallow.
More could have been made of the nature of consciousness and desire perhaps. Conversely, the rather obvious fact that our desires are determined by evolution is expounded at excessive length.
Irvine seems to be a teacher of American undergraduates and this book is at that level..so if you want an intro in this area this will probably be a good read. If you are looking for something meatier and already know something of evolution, psychology, the major religions and classical philosophy then you will soon be skimming through.