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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terence Burnham, Jay Phelan Narrator: Pat Woodruff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780375417696
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"The Mean Genes message is optimistic . . . a self-help book for the merely average human being." (The Washington Post Book World)

"An unusual cross between a social Darwinist monograph and a self-help manual." (The New Yorker)

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • The Mean Genes message is optimistic…A self-help book for the merely average human being.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “An unusual cross between a social Darwinist monograph and a self-help manual.”

    New Yorker

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About the Author

Terence Burnham, PhD, is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School. He received his PhD in business economics from Harvard in 1997 and was an economics professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 1997 until he joined the HBS faculty. He has worked on Wall Street and cofounded Progenis, a publicly-traded biotechnology firm with promising treatments for cancer and AIDS. Terry has studied wild chimpanzees in Africa and served with distinction as a tank driver in the US Marine Corps.