The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Tigerman

    Nick Harkaway 9780385352413

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.98
List price: $16.99
Sale Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside - Bldg. 2 Biology- General

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

by

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

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Short, sassy, and bold, Mean Genes uses a Darwinian lens to examine the issues that most deeply affect our lives: body image, money, addiction, violence, and the endless search for happiness, love, and fidelity. But Burnham and Phelan don't simply describe the connections between our genes and our behavior; they also outline steps that we can take to tame our primal instincts and so improve the quality of our lives.Why do we want (and do) so many things that are bad for us? We vow to lose those extra five pounds, put more money in the bank, and mend neglected relationships, but our attempts often end in failure. Mean Genes reveals that struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against our own genes--genes that helped our cavewoman and caveman ancestors flourish but that are selfish and out of place in the modern world. Why do we like junk food more than fruit? Why is the road to romance so rocky? Why is happiness so elusive? What drives us into debt? An investigation into the biological nature of temptation and the struggle for control, Mean Genes answers these and other fundamental questions about human nature while giving us an edge to lead more satisfying lives.

Synopsis:

Why our toughest battles are with ourselves.

Synopsis:

Why do we want—and why do we do—so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy—our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these "mean genes" into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts—before they beat us.

About the Author

Terry Burnham is Associate Professor of Finance at Chapman University. He was formerly the Director of Economics at Acadian Asset Management and a research scientist at Harvard Universitys Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He received a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard in 1997, an MBA from MIT, a Masters in computer science, and a Bachelors in biophysics from the University of Michigan. Burnham has worked on Wall Street and co-founded Progenics, a biotechnology firm with promising treatments for cancer and AIDS. He has studied wild chimpanzees in Africa, and served with distinction as a tank driver in the U.S. Marine Corps. Burnham lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Jay Phelan is Professor of Biology at UCLA. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard in 1995, and masters and bachelors degrees from Yale and UCLA. His main area of research is evolutionary genetics and aging. He has been featured on BBC and Talk of the Nation, as well as in magazines and newspapers. An accomplished educator, Phelan has received accolades and numerous awards for his teaching. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465031245
Author:
Burnham, Terry
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Phelan, Jay
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Genetics

Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts Sale Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.98 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Basic Books (AZ) - English 9780465031245 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Why our toughest battles are with ourselves.
"Synopsis" by ,
Why do we want—and why do we do—so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy—our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these "mean genes" into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts—before they beat us.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.