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Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts

Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
Audio CDs in MP3 / English: MP3, 128 kb/s (2 ch) | Duration: 07:27:07 | 2000 | ISBN-10: N/A | ASIN: B0000547C2 | 409 MB
Genre: Sex, Instincts
Why do we want - and do - so many things that are bad for us? We vow to lose those extra five pounds, put money in the bank, and mend neglected relationships, but our attempts often end in failure. Our toughest battles, it seems, are with ourselves. To understand this fundamental aspect of human nature, Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan argue, we need to stop looking to Sigmund Freud - and start looking to Charles Darwin.

Short, sassy, and bold Mean Genes reveals that our struggles for self-improvement are, in fact, battles against our own genes - genes that helped our distant ancestors flourish, but are selfish and out of place in the modern world.

Using this evolutionary lens, Mean Genes brilliantly examines the issues that most affect our lives: body image, money, addiction, violence, and the endless search for friendship, love, and fidelity. But Burnham and Phelan dont simply describe the connections between genes and behavior. They use this knowledge to offer steps for improving the quality of our lives.

Why do we love fast food? Why is the road to romance so rocky? Must happiness always be elusive? What drives us into debt? An intrepid investigation into the biological nature of temptation and the struggle for control, Mean Genes answers these and other fundamental questions about human behavior, while giving us an edge to lead satisfying lives. says "Its not some corny self-help book either. It doesnt preach. In fact, it doesnt care if you continue to abuse yourself beyond recognition. It just attempts to explain why you bought that car you cant afford, ate that box of donuts you dont need and why, lordy lord, you continue to drink that cheap, generic beer when your bladder and liver are begging for an elevated variety."

Pat Woodruff (Narrator), Terry Burnham (Author), Jay Phelan (Author)

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Tags: Taming, Primal, Instincts

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