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The Moral Animal

Robert Wright

The Moral Animal

by Robert Wright

The Moral Animal

Robert Wright

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The Moral Animal introduces us to the fascinating world of evolutionary psychology and uncovers the genetic strategies that explain why we do everything we do.

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The Moral Animal

by Robert Wright

The Moral Animal

Robert Wright

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Why do we have morals? Is it because we are taught to do what's right from a very young age? Or are we naturally wired to have them? Robert Wright is a contributing editor for the New Republic whose work has also appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. In this book, Wright reveals the scientific proof that everyday things like jealousy, altruism, and sibling rivalry can be explained by the evolution of our species. And while we often think of evolution as a selfish 'survival of the fittest', The Moral Animal shows how even our highest impulses like altruism, friendship, and morality are ultimately the results of strategies for survival and propagation.

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