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Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts

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Why do we want-and do-so many things that are bad for us? In Mean Genes Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan argue that we need to stop looking to Sigmund Freud for answers and start looking to Charles Darwin. Mean Genes reveals that our struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against our own genes-genes that helped our distant ancestors flourish, but are selfish and out of place in the modern world. Using this evolutionary lens, Mean Genes brilliantly examines the issues that most affect our lives-body image, money, addiction, violence, and relationships, friendship, love, and fidelity-and offers steps to help us lead more satisfying lives.

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The authors argue that struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against genes--genes that helped human's distant ancestors flourish, but are selfish and out of place in the modern world. Examining issues such as body image, money, addiction, violence, love, and other issues, the authors offer steps to help readers lead more satisfying lives.

About the Author

Terry Burnham, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School. He co-founded Progenics, a publicly traded biotechnology firm with promising treatments for cancer and AIDS.

Jay Phelan, Ph.D., is a biology professor at UCLA. His main area of research is evolutionary genetics and aging.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our toughest battles are with ourselves

Thin Wallets and Fat Bodies

Debt: Laughing all the way to the Darwinian bank: bankruptcy; savings; big business

Fat: Please don't feed the humans: dieting; laziness; liposuction

Constant Cravings

Drugs: Hijacking the pleasure pathway: caffeine; alcohol; Prozac; addiction; hope

Risk: Thrill-seeking genes taking us for a ride: casinos; jalapeno peppers; roller-coasters; rewards

Greed: Running fast on the happiness treadmill: money; happiness; materialism; progress; joy

Romance and Reproduction

Gender: Girls against the boys: Mars and Venus; hormones; homosexuality; culture

Beauty: It's more than skin deep: attraction; desire; fads

Infidelity: Our cheating hearts: marriage; cheaters; love; lust; promise

Family, Friends, and Foes

Family: The ties that bind: blood; siblings; conflict; motherhood

Friends and Foes: Keep friends close and enemies closer: warfare; race; gossip; road rage; loyalty

Conclusion: Surviving desire

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000076
Author:
Burnham, Terry
Author:
Phelan, Jay
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physiological Psychology
Subject:
Self-help techniques
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Genetic psychology
Subject:
Self-management
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. WQ-95-74.
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.77x5.08x.50 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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