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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, fascinating and witty, 4 Feb. 2000
This review is from: The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are (Hardcover)
I loved this book. Robert Wright argues convincingly the corner for evolutionary biology/ psychology. He shows just how much our lives are run by our genes, the biological basis for human behavior, and how much of animal behaviour we still exhibit. Biology as a cause for our most basic impulses, which does not absolve us for responsibility for our own behavior but explains the soucre of our drives from a Darwinian point of view. He uses Darwins' theory (which is really brillant in its simplicity and a very powerful tool) on the life of Darwin himself so you get to read about his life, his theoy and the manifold applications all at once. What is the biological basis e.g. for jealousy? Applied to relations between the sexes it gives fascinating insights into society. The absense of a moralizing tone here is refreshing, and the writing very funny at times. Both males and females are not spared in this ruthless and humane analysis. Sometimes the theories or ideas he posits seem almost too weird but Wright makes it convincing. Highly recommended!
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