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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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