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DATELINE & Human Nature“This book has the potential to become as deep a philosophical statement for the liberal position as Darwin’s

On the Origin of Species   has been for conservatism.”

 I interpret the subjective experiences of major mental illnesses through the biological principles and scientific findings of human evolution. A narrative unfolds of how our inner life—our mind—became human through the ages. The book is modeled after On The Origin of Species: orchestrated steps woven into a formidable argument that the deepest human motivations in human nature were naturally selected to animate not the fitness of individuals, but the productivity of their associations.
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Inside the pages of this book you will learn:

  An evolutionary narrative of the human spirit consistent with all relevant science.

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How our craving for sex and attention created human culture.
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How our penises and breasts got to be so big.
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Why belief is really an emotion.
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How ape dominance evolved into human authority.
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The origin of vanity, and why gold is so valuable.
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A simple understanding of self-awareness & reflective thought.
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Why upright posture is so essential to being human.
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The intimate connection between sex, music, and language.

How & Why:

Human emotions appeared 52 million-years ago
Our human ancestors arose 6 million years ago
Our species arose 200 thousand years ago
Language evolved into what it is today
Reflective self-awareness evolved
We are so thoroughly vain
We are spiritual beings
We have a destiny

 

“In this breathtakingly original book, John Wylie proposes a new theory of mind, one that reconciles evolutionary biology with psychodynamics. This is a great endeavor of the intellect and a deep review of consciousness itself.” Andrew Solomon (Noonday Demon & Far from the Tree)

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