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The Resource The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life, Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life, Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

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The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life
Title
The elephant in the brain
Title remainder
hidden motives in everyday life
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • " 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 - and thus we don't like to talk or even think about the extent of our selfishness. This is "the elephant in the brain." Such an introspective taboo makes it hard for us to think clearly about our nature and the explanations for our behavior. The aim of this book, then, is to confront our hidden motives directly - to track down the darker, unexamined corners of our psyches and blast them with floodlights. Then, once everything is clearly visible, we can work to better understand ourselves: Why do we laugh? Why are artists sexy? Why do we brag about travel? Why do we prefer to speak rather than listen? Our unconscious motives drive more than just our private behavior; they also infect our venerated social institutions such as Art, School, Charity, Medicine, Politics, and Religion. In fact, these institutions are in many ways designed to accommodate our hidden motives, to serve covert agendas alongside their "official" ones. The existence of big hidden motives can upend the usual political debates, leading one to question the legitimacy of these social institutions, and of standard policies designed to favor or discourage them. You won't see yourself - or the world - the same after confronting the elephant in the brain. "--
  • "This book exposes our unconscious selfish motives, those we're reluctant to discuss or even think about. These motives drive our body language, laughter, and conversation, as well as venerated institutions like art, school, charity, medicine, politics, and religion"--
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1982-
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Simler, Kevin
Dewey number
153.8
Index
index present
LC call number
BF697.5.S426
LC item number
S56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1959-
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Hanson, Robin
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  • Self-deception
  • Subconsciousness
  • Cognitive psychology
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Label
The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life, Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-384) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 397 pages
Isbn
9780190495992
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017004296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)982092901
  • (OCoLC)ocn982092901
  • 2583445
  • 2633719
  • 2633719
Label
The elephant in the brain : hidden motives in everyday life, Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 397 pages
Isbn
9780190495992
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017004296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)982092901
  • (OCoLC)ocn982092901
  • 2583445
  • 2633719
  • 2633719

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