BooksDirect
Standing Orders

The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code

Buy The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code from BooksDirect
Hardback
Published: January 2021
For Ages:
Retail Price: $39.99
$31.99
YOU Save: $8.00  (20.0%)
Temporarily out of stock Available to Order: 7 to 10 business days depending on publishers availability

Quantity:
Category: /
BIC Subject: Cultural studies
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 05-Jan-2021
Format: Hardback, 320 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781786078186
Stock Code: 6078186
Product Description
 
Altruism is unique to the human species. It is also one of the great evolutionary puzzles, and we may be on the brink of solving it. It turns out that, over the last 12,000 years, we have become more and more altruistic. This is despite the fact that, the majority of the time, our minds are still breathtakingly indifferent to the welfare of others.
In solving the enigma of generosity in a world of strangers, McCullough takes us on a sweeping history of society and science to warn that, if we are not careful, our instincts and sympathies have as much potential for harm as for good. The bad news is that we are not designed to be kind. The good news is that we can push ourselves to be kind anyway, together.Altruism is unique to the human species. It is also one of the great evolutionary puzzles, and we may be on the brink of solving it. It turns out that, over the last 12,000 years, we have become more and more altruistic. This is despite the fact that, the majority of the time, our minds are still breathtakingly indifferent to the welfare of others.
In solving the enigma of generosity in a world of strangers, McCullough takes us on a sweeping history of society and science to warn that, if we are not careful, our instincts and sympathies have as much potential for harm as for good. The bad news is that we are not designed to be kind. The good news is that we can push ourselves to be kind anyway, together.
Michael McCullough is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. As an experimental psychologist interested in the social dimensions of human life, he conducts research on topics including altruism, forgiveness, gratitude, self-control, religion, and morality, for which he has received numerous distinctions. He is the author of a number of books including Beyond Revenge- The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct.