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Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity Are Revolutionizing Our View of Human Natur

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Why do we do what we do? Especially those seemingly inexplicable behaviors—from the disreputable to the downright despicable?

Between what can be learned from evolutionary psychology (thinking that has developed in our species over the millenniums to ensure its propagation) and cognitive science (how our minds literally think) a picture emerges. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick fuses these two fields to create a coherent story of human nature. In his analysis, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors—one-night stands, prejudice, conspicuous consumption, even art and religious devotion—are quite explicable and (when desired) avoidable. When combined with insights from complexity theory, Kenricks argument reveals how simple mechanisms give rise to complex life.

Through an engaging blend of anecdote, analogy and research findings, Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life takes listeners on a singular tour of the human mind, exploring the pitfalls and promises of our biological inheritance.

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The founder of social evolutionary psychology--known for his brilliance and outsized personality--gives us a singular tour of the human mind.

About the Author

DOUGLAS T. KENRICK is a Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. His work has been covered in Newsweek, the New York Times, and Psychology Today. Kenrick lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611744439
Author:
Kenrick, Douglas T.
Publisher:
Highbridge Company
Author:
enrick, Douglas T.
Author:
K
Author:
Stella, Fred
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged; 7.5 hours
Series Volume:
A Psychologist Inves
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.88 x 5.06 x 0.63 in 0.38 lb

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