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Robert Wright is the bestselling author of The Evolution of God, The Moral Animal, and Nonzero. He has taught in the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania and the religion department at Princeton University. He is currently Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union näytä lisää Theological Seminary in New York. näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

The Evolution of God (2009) 1,346 kappaletta, 38 arvostelua
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny (2000) 1,307 kappaletta, 17 arvostelua
Three scientists and their gods (1988) 223 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua

Associated Works

Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (2006) — Avustaja — 362 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua

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Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Princeton University
Texas Christian University
The Sciences
The New Republic
The Wilson Quarterly
New America Foundation
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Wright is a contributing editor at the New Republic, Time, and Slate. He has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker. and the New York Times Magazine. He previously worked at The Sciences magazine where his column "The Information Age" won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism. [adapted from Primates and Philosophers (2006)]



The title is honest, although there isn't that much Buddhism here, it's mostly about evolutionary psychology and then connecting it to the most important ideas of Buddhism. And that's great because this way this book works for both people just getting to know Buddhism and it also gives a new perspective for those already familiar with it. And what a perspective! I've been reading all kinds of stuff about Buddhism for about 10 years now, and nowadays it's really rare for me to encounter anything new. While there isn't any new ideas or concepts here, the clarity and depth that the book goes into combined with the focus on evolutionary psychology is truly unparalleled.

For example one bias the book talks about, is that we tend to think that people who we don't like do bad things because it's in their character, but people we like are just a victim of their circumstances. This is explained and is connected to other ideas so well, that I keep noticing myself doing it.

There are a few minor things I missed which in no way drag this down from being a 5/5 book. There is IIRC only one sentence about metta meditation, which deserves a bit more than that I think, it's all about vipassana which is understandable, but it would have been interesting to hear about others kinds of meditation too. For some reason I thought the book will cite a lot of studies, explain a lot of experiments but there isn't much of that, which isn't really a problem in hindsight, the arguments are still solid and it's more about appealing to your common sense than presenting scientific evidence which is useful I think.
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yellowdaniel | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 26, 2024 |
Part biography, part (very superficial) Buddhism overview, part self-help. It's a very approachable overview of why people think and react the way they do and how Buddha and Buddhism developed a way to temper the overwhelming knee-jerk reaction. I very nice guide on how to calm the usual noisy mind.
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hhornblower | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 18, 2024 |
This book is a must read and must analyse and tease out the contradictions, inconsistencies and general confusion with respect to what it means for something to be scoentific fact.

The author even brings much caution himself to the field and to how many evolutionary interpretations are post hoc explanations. And yet thoroughout the text the author makes mistakes of ascribing what is “self evident” evolutionary mechanism without explaining what kind of knowledge this is, without noting how it is not falsifiable.

It is a huge challenge but any logical thinker should be prepared to explain how they relate.

For me the biggest issue is one of types of knowledge. The idea that a particular trait might play a key role in the evolutionary mechanics of a species is not the same kind of absolute knowledge that it is optimal, that it is well adapted, that it is a special adaptation even that it is a solution to something...

In the real evolutionary context you cannot run perfect simulations and so you cannot falsify a particular trait. When you use genetic algorithms in computing there is a huge difference which is that you know the fitting function. For anything real this is so complex that it is nearly meaningless.

Still this is a book one must read to articulate your thinking around the intrinsic limitations of this field.

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yates9 | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 28, 2024 |
Seems worth noting that the appendix was actually one of my favorite parts!
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andyinabox | 37 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 17, 2024 |



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