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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