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2.98473282442748 out of 52.98473282442748 out of 52.98473282442748 out of 52.98473282442748 out of 52.98473282442748 out of 5 2.98 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas T. Kenrick Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, Kenrick’s 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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 12/24/2013

    " CogSci nerdiness "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Becky | 12/17/2013

    " This book presents some interesting ideas but I would like to see more development of the ideas and cross references to other studies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Teri Zipf | 12/12/2013

    " Not bad, just not that great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Charlene | 11/8/2013

    " self congratulatory book with questionable science based on serious bias and extremely outdated notions of evolution and what is 'natural". entertaining? yes. annoying? yes! some of the studies were good but not worth the rest. this book is GREAT if you want stuff to argue against:) "

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