Why Everyone (else) Is A Hypocrite

Why Everyone (else) Is A Hypocrite

Evolution and the Modular Mind

Book - 2010
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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.


Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780691146744
0691146748
9781400835997
Branch Call Number: 153 KURZBAN
Characteristics: x, 274 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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mikeroyal
Apr 25, 2011

Challenging ,funny, brilliant. Kurzban pushes our understanding of the mind to a whole new level. He explains the gut feeling we have and can't explain as part of the modular mind, and examines the very existence of "self".While others have touched on this subject, see Pinker How the mind works etc.Why... delves more deeply into the aspects of how we can hold contrary ideas at the same time.A must read for anyone interested in psychology,cognitive science,evolutionary psychology etc.Favorite line "evolution doesn't care how happy you are".

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