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Elephant in the Brain Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

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ISBN-10: 0197551955

ISBN-13: 9780197551950

Edition: N/A

Authors: Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson

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Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - and thus we don't like to talk or even think about the extent of our selfishness. This is "the elephant in the brain." Such an introspective taboo makes it hard for us to think clearly about our nature and the explanations for our behavior. The aim of this book, then, is to confront our hidden motives directly - to track down the darker, unexamined…    
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2020
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.21" long x 1.42" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English