Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Science of Good and Evil - Michael Shermer (Audiobook)

Drawing on evolutionary psychology, Skeptic publisher and Scientific American contributor Shermer (Why People Believe Weird Things) argues that the sources of moral behavior can be traced scientifically to humanity's evolutionary origins. He contends that human morality evolved as first an individual and then a species-wide mechanism for survival. As society evolved, humans needed rules governing behavior-e.g., altruism, sympathy, reciprocity and community concern-in order to ensure survival. Shermer says that some form of the Golden Rule-"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you"-provides the foundation of morality in human societies. Out of this, he develops the principles of what he calls a "provisional ethics" that "is neither absolute nor relative," that applies to most people most of the time, while allowing for "tolerance and diversity." Amazon

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1 comment:

Krokben said...

Thank you for posting this.
However, a 350 page book abridged to less than 2½ hours of audio? That's just plain crazy. O_o That makes it more like a brief overview than an audio book.

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