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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, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In the course of his inquiry, Howard Bloom became convinced that evolution could explain the fundamentals of human nature and the broad sweep of human history. He is not alone. It is no longer heretical to study our own species as one of evolution's creations, and many books are appearing on the subject. The Lucifer Principle, however, does not merely report on the rapid developments that are taking place within  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard K Bloom
ISBN: 0871136643 9780871136640
OCLC Number: 37685776
Notes: Originally published: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1995. With new foreword.
Description: xii, 466 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Who is Lucifer --
Clint Eastwood conundrum --
The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts --
The Chinese cultural revolution --
Mother nature, the bloody bitch --
Women, not the peaceful creatures you think --
Fighting for the privilege to procreate --
The greed of genes --
The theory of individual selection and its flaws --
Superorganism --
Isolation, the ultimate poison --
Even heroes are insecure --
Loving the child within is not enough --
Us vs them --
The value of having an enemy --
The perceptual trick that manufactures devils --
How hatred builds the walls of society's bungalow --
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 --
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 --
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 --
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 affluence disgrace --
Why prosperity will not bring peace --
The secret meaning of freedom, peace and justice --
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 --
The Lucifer principle.
Responsibility: Howard Bloom.

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"The Lucifer Priciple" is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that "evil" is a by-product of nature's  Read more...

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