Sex, murder, and the meaning of life: a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature

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Why do we do what we do? Especially those seemingly inexplicable behaviorsfrom 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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table_of_contents Standing in the gutter : how did an innocent young student accidentally fall in with a band of intellectual revolutionaries? -- Why playboy is bad for your mental mechanisms : when is beauty bad for you? -- Homicidal fantasies : why have most of us had at least one fantasy about committing murder? -- Outgroup hatred in the blink of an eye : why can't we all just get along? -- The mind as a coloring book : why doesn't cultural variation support the blank slate view of the mind? -- Subselves : the three faces of thee -- Reconstructing Maslow's pyramid : where are the missing bricks in the classic pyramid of needs? -- How the mind warps : why do men and women forget different people and regret different things? -- Peacocks, porsches, and Pablo Picasso : why do men go out of their way to avoid a Consumer Reports best buy? -- Sex and religion : when is godliness just another mating strategy? -- Deep rationality and evolutionary economics : why are behavioral economists only half right when they say that our economic choices are irrational? -- Bad crowds, chaotic attractors, and humans as ants : why your parents were right about the company you keep -- Conclusion: looking up at the stars : how does research on unsavory and taboo topics converge into a grand view of human nature and answer the question : what is the meaning of life?
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title Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature
title_display Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature
title_full Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature / Douglas T. Kenrick, Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature [electronic resource] / Douglas T. Kenrick
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title_sort sex, murder, and the meaning of life a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature
title_sub a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature
topic Aggressiveness, Cognitive science, Evolution (Biology), Human evolution, PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology, SCIENCE / Cognitive Science, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution, Sex, Social psychology
topic_facet Aggressiveness, Cognitive science, Evolution (Biology), Human evolution, Sex, Social psychology