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The Elephant in the Brain

Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Kevin Simler

Human beings are primates, and primates are political animals. Our brains, therefore, are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise. The less we know about our own ugly motives, the better - an...
Publish Date
November 1
First Published in 2017
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Dec 05, 2017
Fantastic read.      source
Apr 12, 2021
just finished "The Elephant in the Brain" by @robinhanson -- such a fantastic book -- highly recommend      source
Sep 30, 2020
Five book recommendations: 1. Atomic Habits (by @JamesClear) 2. Alchemy (by @rorysutherland) 3. Junior (by @tkemeny) 4. How Brands Grow (by @ProfByron) 5. Elephant in the Brain (by @KevinSimler & @robinhanson)      source
Feb 09, 2021
I recommend these books that touch on evolutionary psychology and morality, Why Everyone Else is a Hypocrite and The Elephant in the Brain.      source