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Book Title: Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind|
The author of the book: Robert Kurzban
ISBN 13: 9780691154398
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Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: May 27th 2012
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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.
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Read information about the authorRobert Kurzban is a professor of psychology, director of undergraduate studies for the department of psychology, and the director of the Pennsylvania Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
His research focuses on the nature of evolved cognitive adaptations for social life. These include processes involved with cooperative decision making, punishment, morality, close relationships, and mate choice. He uses methods drawn from experimental economics and cognitive psychology to study these processes.
Robert is the editor-in-chief of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, and President Elect of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.