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The Lucifer principle : a scientific expedition into the forces of history

Author: Howard K Bloom
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Bloom draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or "memes," that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard K Bloom
ISBN: 0871135329 9780871135322
OCLC Number: 30436518
Description: xii, 466 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Who is Lucifer? --
The Clint Eastwood conundrum --
The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts --
The Chinese cultural revolution --
[Pt. 1] Bloodstains in paradise: Mother Nature, the bloody bitch --
Women --
not the peaceful creatures you think --
Fighting for the privilege to procreate --
The greed of genes --
[Pt. 2] Why humans self-destruct: The theory of individual selection and its flaws --
Superorganism --
Isolation --
the ultimate poison --
Even heroes are insecure --
Loving the child within is not enough. [Pt. 3] One man's god is another man's devil: Us versus them --
The value of having an enemy --
The perceptual trick that manufactures devils --
How hatred builds the walls of society's bungalow --
[Pt. 4] Man --
inventor of the invisible world: From genes to memes --
The nose of a rat and the human mind --
a brief history of the rise of memes --
How wrong ideas can be right --
The village of the sorcerers and the riddle of control --
The modern medical shaman --
Control and the urge to pray --
Power and the invisible world --
Einstein and the Eskimos --
[Pt. 5] The mysteries of the evolutionary learning machine: The connectionist explanation of the mass mind's dreams --
Society as a neural net --
The expendability of males --
How men are society's dice --
Is pitching a genetically acquired skill? --
Oliver Cromwell --
the rodent instincts don a disguise. [Pt. 6] Ideology is theft: The invisible world as a weapon --
The true route to utopia --
Why men embrace ideas --
and why ideas embrace men --
Righteous indignation = greed for real estate --
Shiites --
Poetry and the lust for power --
When memes collide --
the pecking order of nations --
Superior chickens make friends --
Wordviews as the welding torch of the hierarchical chain --
[Pt. 7] Who are the next barbarians?: The barbarian principle --
Are there killer cultures? --
Violence in South America and Africa --
The importance of hugging --
The puzzle of complacency --
Poverty with prestige is better than affluent disgrace --
Why prosperity will not bring peace --
The secret meaning of "freedom", "peace", and "justice." [Pt. 8] The rise and fall of the American empire: The Victorian decline and the fall of America --
Scapegoats and sexual hysteria --
Laboratory rats and the oil crisis --
Why nations pretend to be blind --
How the pecking order reshapes the mind --
Perceptual shutdown and the future of America --
The myth of stress --
Tennis time and the mental clock --
[Pt. 9] The Luciferian paradox: The Lucifer principal.
Responsibility: Howard Bloom.

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Bloom draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or "memes," that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms.

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