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The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life

The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life

Author: Kevin Simler; Robin Hanson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Simler, Kevin, 1982-
Elephant in the brain.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017004296
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Simler; Robin Hanson
ISBN: 9780190496005 0190496002 9780190496012 0190496010
OCLC Number: 1097665253
Description: 1 online resource (x, 397 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Why we hide our motives. Animal behavior ; Competition ; Norms ; Cheating ; Self-deception ; Counterfeit reasons --
Hidden motives in everyday life. Body language ; Laughter ; Conversation ; Consumption ; Art ; Charity ; Education ; Medicine ; Religion ; Politics ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson.


This book exposes our unconscious selfish motives, those we're reluctant to discuss or even think about. These motives drive our body language, laughter, and conversation, as well as venerated  Read more...


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The argument that Simler and Hanson make is rather comprehensive, and compelling. They bring together research on various topics of limited reach that, when combined, speak to the outrageous gall of Read more...

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