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I was interested in this book all the way through. It is full of interesting anecdotes and social science. There was a sense of unease about it that took awhile to gel. It reminds me of nothing so such as those tales of Victorian Adventurers like David Livingstone, Richard Burton and Lawrence of Arabia telling of their exploits in the Empire.
This is definitely the world of the benighted judged through a sort of reversed telescope of
entitled privilege and name dropping. And the author tell us he is very fond of judging very often .
This doesn't mean that it is bad or uninteresting or even flawed but it is definitely the world seen from a very coddled self confident distance. The overall effect is a long sermon by a High Anglican Oxbridge parson in the Royal Geographical Society or an Inn dinner.
What made the experience of listening to The Ten Types of Human the most enjoyable?
Oh wow! This book is a mind changer. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Dexter Dias is a very gifted writer and his subject matter is challenging and deeply affecting at the same time. I am glad I chose the audio version because I could keep listening when reading would have been difficult. This is one of the few books I will listen to again.
Any additional comments?
I wish the author had narrated this himself. I just feel it would have had an even greater impact that way (if that is possible).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I bought this hoping for some new insights into the workings of humans. From all the detailed references he provides to other studies it at first appeared promising. It is however just a very long winded look at the examples of empathy which he renames. His voyage of 'discovery' takes him around the world to view the worst crimes and circumstances which occur on the planet. Disease, rape, torture, slavery you name it, it is here. The big discovery is that some of us do something about these because of empathy rather than purely selfish reasons. This is not news to anyone who knows basic psychology, although it is presented as such.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Dexter, a human rights lawyer, is driven by a need by a need to understand why humans do the things they do. It’s a harrowing and dispiriting book at times but also brilliant and compelling. Like a good lawyer, Dexter presents arresting facts and lots of evidence drawn from the latest research in evolution and social psychology to put forward his thoughts. I can’t stop thinking about this book and the people in it. Thought provoking and intelligent with strong arguments for tolerance and understanding even in the mission to protect human rights and lessen human suffering.
interesting but not I am not convinced abt some of the arguments. amazing life stories...