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Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite : Evolution and the Modular Mind / Robert Kurzban.

Author/Creator:
Kurzban, Robert, author., Author,
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2011]
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Book
1 online resource (288 p.) : 2 halftones. 1 line illus.
Edition:
Course Book
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
We're all hypocrites. Why? Hypocrisy is the natural state of the human mind. Robert Kurzban shows us that the key to understanding our behavioral inconsistencies lies in understanding the mind's design. The human mind consists of many specialized units designed by the process of evolution by natural selection. While these modules sometimes work together seamlessly, they don't always, resulting in impossibly contradictory beliefs, vacillations between patience and impulsiveness, violations of our supposed moral principles, and overinflated views of ourselves. This modular, evolutionary psychological view of the mind undermines deeply held intuitions about ourselves, as well as a range of scientific theories that require a "self" with consistent beliefs and preferences. Modularity suggests that there is no "I." Instead, each of us is a contentious "we"--a collection of discrete but interacting systems whose constant conflicts shape our interactions with one another and our experience of the world. In clear language, full of wit and rich in examples, Kurzban explains the roots and implications of our inconsistent minds, and why it is perfectly natural to believe that everyone else is a hypocrite.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Chapter 1. Consistently Inconsistent
Chapter 2. Evolution and the Fragmented Brain
Chapter 3. Who Is "I"?
Chapter 4. Modular Me
Chapter 5. The Truth Hurts
Chapter 6. Psychological Propaganda
Chapter 7. Self-Deception
Chapter 8. Self-Control
Chapter 9. Morality and Contradictions
Chapter 10. Morality Is for the Birds
Epilogu
Notes
References
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Dez 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781400835997
OCLC:
979954331
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400835997 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.