• Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

  • A Psychologist Investigates How Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity Are Revolutionizing Our View of Human Nature
  • By: Douglas T. Kenrick
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-26-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (135 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Why do we do what we do? Especially those seemingly inexplicable behaviors—from the disreputable to the downright despicable?
Between what can be learned from evolutionary psychology (thinking that has developed in our species over the millennia to ensure its propagation) and cognitive science (how our minds literally think) a picture emerges. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick fuses these two fields to create a coherent story of human nature.
In his analysis, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors—one-night stands, prejudice, conspicuous consumption, even art and religious devotion—are quite explicable and (when desired) avoidable. When combined with insights from complexity theory, Kenrick’s argument reveals how simple mechanisms give rise to complex life.
Through an engaging blend of anecdote, analogy, and research findings, Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life takes listeners on a singular tour of the human mind, exploring the pitfalls and promises of our biological inheritance.
©2011 Original material © 2011 Douglas T. Kenrick. Recorded by arrangement with Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group. (P)2011 HighBridge Company
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3 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 11-10-15

skip it

the author was self-absorbed. he brags about his 3 wives getting 10 years younger each time. it's all about him.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-21-11

Rather dated and self-aggrandizing

Kenrick's frame of reference, examples and tone is very dated. All of his examples and chapter beginnings are about himself, which you would expect would humanize the book and help it move along. Instead it's heavy, dull and incredibly self-aggrandizing. Other books in the Neuro-lit category are much, much better. Avoid this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark @ M12 on 11-17-13

A whistle top tour of many interesting ideas

This audiobook covers a few different areas and brings them together in a way that is a compelling and interesting listen... so much so, I was tempted to mark it down for being too short... until I realised that it was just a case that seven hours has flown by!

I've read / listened around some of these topics before, yet there were still nuggets of new information here... religion and mating strategies for one... so even for the well-read it is worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pepe on 12-25-16

An inspiring reading

This book gives a world view based on science that helps to understand our behaviours and those of people around us. It contains clues to a better and more fulfilled life.

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