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Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Paperback): Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint - The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society (Paperback)

Nicholas A. Christakis

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For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society. In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness. In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.

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Imprint: Little, Brown
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2019
Authors: Nicholas A. Christakis
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 37mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 544
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-42391-5
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Evolution
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Genetics (non-medical)
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > Biological anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Genetics (non-medical) > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > Biological anthropology > Early man
LSN: 0-316-42391-2
Barcode: 9780316423915

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