Humankind: A Hopeful History
ISBN: 1549159860
EAN13: 9781549159862
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 2, 2020
Pages: 1
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 5.8" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 0.5004493 lbs.
Format: Compact Disc

Humankind: A Hopeful History

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Utopia for Realists, a bold (Daniel H. Pink), provocative (Adam Grant) argument that our innate goodness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in humanity's success.

If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and Read More chevron_right

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