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Geoffrey F. Miller is an American evolutionary psychologist, serving as an associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico who has researched sexual selection in human evolution.
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The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Religion
James R. Liddle, Todd K. Shackelford - 2021-01-01
The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Religion offers a comprehensive and compelling review of research in religious beliefs and practices from an evolutionary perspective on human psychology. The chapters, written by renowned experts on human behavior and religion, explore a number of subtopics within one of three themes: (1) the psyc...
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@seanonolennon There are a lot of good evolutionary psychology books on the evolution and functions of religions, that address this issue. Recent example:      source
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The Waste Makers
Vance Packard - 2011-10-04 (first published in 1960)
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An exposé of "the systematic attempt of business to make us wasteful, debt-ridden, permanently discontented individuals," The Waste Makers is Vance Packard's pioneering 1960 work on how the rapid growth of disposable consumer goods was degrading the environmental, financial, and spiritual character of American society.The Waste Makers was the first...
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BTW, it's really worth reading Vance Packard's book on this topic of planned obsolesence. Inspired a lot of my thinking in my 'Spent' book (2008)      source
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The Conquest of Cool
Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism
Thomas Frank - 1998-12-01 (first published in 1997)
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While the youth counterculture remains the most evocative and best-remembered symbol of the cultural ferment of the 1960s, the revolution that shook American business during those boom years has gone largely unremarked. In this fascinating and revealing study, Thomas Frank shows how the youthful revolutionaries were joined—and even anticipated —by ...
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@robkhenderson The book 'The conquest of cool' (1998) by Thomas Frank is the definitive, must-read account of this trend.      source
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The Professor in the Cage
Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
Jonathan Gottschall - 2016-03-15 (first published in 2015)
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An English professor starts training in mixed martial arts, exploring the science and history behind the violence of men  When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym opens across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, he works up his nerve...
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@Ian05215458 @RichardHanania Strongly endorse. Great book. @jonathangottsch      source
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Beyond Freedom and Dignity
B. F. Skinner - 2002-03-15 (first published in 1971)
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In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B. F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society.Insisting that the problems of the world today can be solved only by dealing much more effectively with human behavior, Skinner argues that our traditional conc...
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@tuttleryandavid @xavierbonilla87 Yep. Powerful book. It's a deep red pill.      source
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The Hydrogen Sonata
Iain M. Banks - 2013-09-10 (first published in 2012)
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The New York Times bestselling Culture novel... The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies,...
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@mattyglesias Have you read 'The Hydrogen Sonata' by Iain M Banks? Good book. Relevant.      source
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The Extended Phenotype
The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science)
Richard Dawkins - 2016-11-01 (first published in 1982)
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In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as the unit of selection; but it did much more besides. In it, ...
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@EricRWeinstein The Extended Phenotype by @RichardDawkins. Baffling title (to most folks), but utterly brilliant & mind-blowing book.      source
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Steve Stewart-Williams
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Writing and Difference
Jacques Derrida - 2021-01-27 (first published in 1967)
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First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought. In it we find Derrida at work on his systematic deconstruction of Western metaphysics. The book's first half, which includes the celebrated essay on Descartes and Foucault, sh...
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@M_Millerman Agree. I read most of Derrida's books back in college, in the 80s. Even saw him speak once. Hard to explain why they were worth reading, but they shook loose a lot of my preconceptions about how language, truth, & power work. These ones were esp. inspiring.      source
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Margins of Philosophy
Jacques Derrida - 1985-01-01 (first published in 1972)
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"In this densely imbricated volume Derrida pursues his devoted, relentless dismantling of the philosophical tradition, the tradition of Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger—each dealt with in one or more of the essays. There are essays too on linguistics (Saussure, Benveniste, Austin) and on the nature of metaphor ("White Mythology"), ...
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@M_Millerman Agree. I read most of Derrida's books back in college, in the 80s. Even saw him speak once. Hard to explain why they were worth reading, but they shook loose a lot of my preconceptions about how language, truth, & power work. These ones were esp. inspiring.      source
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Jacques Derrida - 1981-01-01 (first published in 1972)
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"The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosoph...
Geoffrey Miller
@M_Millerman Agree. I read most of Derrida's books back in college, in the 80s. Even saw him speak once. Hard to explain why they were worth reading, but they shook loose a lot of my preconceptions about how language, truth, & power work. These ones were esp. inspiring.      source
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