Science of Good and Evil Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule

ISBN-10: 0805077693

ISBN-13: 9780805077698

Edition: 2005

Authors: Michael Shermer

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From bestselling author Michael Shermer, an investigation of the evolution of morality that is "a paragon of popularized science and philosophy" The Sun (Baltimore) A century and a half after Darwin first proposed an "evolutionary ethics," science has begun to tackle the roots of morality. Just as evolutionary biologists study why we are hungry (to motivate us to eat) or why sex is enjoyable (to motivate us to procreate), they are now searching for the very nature of humanity. In The Science of Good and Evil, science historian Michael Shermer explores how humans evolved from social primates to 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 Yanamamouml;, 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.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 1/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Michael Shermer is the director of the Skeptics Society and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College.

Prologue: One Long Argument
The Origins of Morality
Transcendent Morality: How Evolution Ennobles Ethics
Why We Are Moral: The Evolutionary Origins of Morality
Why We Are Immoral: War, Violence, and the Ignoble Savage Within
Master of My Fate: Making Moral Choices in a Determined Universe
A Science of Provisional Ethics
Can We Be Good Without God?: Science, Religion, and Morality
How We Are Moral: Absolute, Relative, and Provisional Ethics
How We Are Immoral: Right and Wrong and How to Tell the Difference
Rise Above: Tolerance, Freedom, and the Prospects for Humanity
The Devil Under Form of Baboon: The Evolution of Evolutionary Ethics
Moral and Religious Universals as a Subset of Human Universals
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Acknowledgments
Index
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