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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Shermer Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Michael Shermer/John Wagner Studios Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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In The Science of Good and Evil, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores how humans evolved from social primates into moral primates, how and why morality motivates the human animal, and how the foundation of moral principles can be built upon empirical evidence. Along the way he explains the implications of scientific findings for fate and free will, the existence of pure good and pure evil, and the development of early moral sentiments among the first humans. As he closes the divide between science and morality, Shermer draws on stories from the Yanamamö, infamously known as the fierce people of the tropical rain forest, to the Stanford studies on jailers' behavior in prisons. The Science of Good and Evil is ultimately a profound look at the moral animal, belief, and the scientific pursuit of truth. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " Covers much of the same territory as Moral Minds and The Problem Of The Soul, but in a more accessible manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/23/2014

    " Shermer was a born-again Christian, now lapsed. He is editor of Skeptic magazine. Te goal of this book is to show that morality can be based on scientific understanding of our evolution as social animals, and need not be based on the dubious authority of religion. Overall, I thought this was an interesting and even important book. Of course to me it was "preaching to the choir" and it is unclear how a wide an audience it will reach. I really applauded his update of the Golden Rule: if you want to know if an act is moral, ask the opinion of the recipient of your action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Ann Masura | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book when I was on tour with a true mental case. It was so eye opening and interesting that I have bought many copies as gifts to good friends so they can understand WHY most people are assholes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Horn | 1/10/2014

    " Shermer does an excellent job of evaluating the evolutionary origins of morality, exhibiting strong command of the minutia within evolutionary theory, specifically as it relates to group selection, alrtuism and the natural-cultural shift over the last ten thousand years. While he is strong in the scientific fields, his raw philosophy needs fleshing out. Without sufficient rationale he attempts to overlay these evolutionary truths into a prescriptive model for morality, making a valiant effort in doing so, but without fulfilling his goal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/16/2013

    " Science and moral reasoning in one very readable volume, whats not to like? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Stanley | 12/15/2013

    " As it turns out, this fits nicely with my newfound knowledge of Buddhism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colin | 12/15/2013

    " Sounded very promising. I was hoping for something that explores both the biochemical/physiological causes of "evil" actions, as well as maybe some sociological perspectives based on interviews with adulterers, petty thieves, etc. Not so much. Basically the author just rambles on about his belief that morality isn't absolute, but that the provisional theory of morality holds that most things that are moral are moral in most situations. A few tidbits here and there were kind of interesting, but overall not really what I was looking for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Npilolli | 11/17/2013

    " I found this book really interesting and thought provoking. Shermer really makes the reader analyze things in ways they probably never would have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina Alexandra | 11/17/2013

    " Fucking finally, someone who has the same views on life as I do. Fuck yea! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/15/2013

    " An evolutionary look at morality. Somewhat of a tough read at times, but well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/14/2013

    " This was a pretty good read, although the ideas didn't seem to novel. But, it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 9/4/2013

    " Lots of thought provocation here... And to be reading in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting as well... Mr. Shermer argues for the rational, evolutionary underpinnings behind our social interactions and moral points of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/21/2013

    " An excellent book outlining the evolutionary and social motivations for people to behave well. Very convincing arguments that our sense of right and wrong arises not only from religion, but from our own social history and ability to reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/20/2013

    " This was a fascinating read. It really probes the history and concepts behind morality using true reasoning and a scientific approach. Hightly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 9/21/2010

    " Worth it if only to read Ayn Rand's philosophy referred to as "[n]onsense on stilts." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Adams | 6/4/2010

    " The last half focuses a good deal on the concepts of provisional morality and "fuzzy logic"; useful concepts when unpacked but perhaps badly named... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/18/2010

    " So happy to read Michael Shermer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 9/9/2009

    " Interesting in parts but Shermer has too much of a tendency to stray into a Randian/Libertarian world view, and allow this to affect what he considers valid rather than just consider things entirely on their merits "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/3/2009

    " Very interesting perspectives and ideas, an engrossing read. "

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