Meaning of Life, Human Nature, and Delusions: How Tales about Love, Sex, Races, Gods and Progress Affect Our Lives and Earth's Splendor (Hardcover)

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Meaning of Life, Human Nature, and Delusions: How Tales about Love, Sex, Races, Gods and Progress Affect Our Lives and Earth's Splendor (Hardcover)

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Standing on the shoulders of farsighted humans
Book dedication
Acknowledgements
List of Boxes Preface1 Introduction1.1 Standing on the shoulders of others: a book of thousand different voices1.2 Notes on interdisciplinarity2 Death and cosmic purpose of life2.1 Quests to find a cosmic purpose of life2.2 Beliefs, religion, and evolution2.3 Fear of death, purpose, human evolution, and discrimination 2.4 Teleology, morality, organized religions, and advantages of believing 2.5 Beliefs, atheism, and spirituality3 Our place in nature, progress, racism and eugenics3.1 'Progress', racism and quests to understand our place in nature 3.2 Cultural, or 'epigenetic', versus innate, or 'genetic', notions of race 3.3 Aristotle, Galen, monkeys, human anatomy, and Chain of Being 3.4 Apes and rise of innate notions of 'race' such as white supremacy 3.5 Apish-humans, Malthus and Darwin's 'struggle-for-life', Freud's psychoanalysis, and eugenics 3.6 Medical experimentation, 'progress', eugenics, and genocide 4 Myths and reality about 'savages' and 'civilization'
4.1 'Savages', 'civilization' and inequality 4.2 Agriculture, labor, slavery, leisure, health and 'progress' 4.3. Hobbes, Rousseau's 'Noble Savage', and violence
5 Sex, love, marriage, 'meant to be', and misogyny 5.1 Teleological stories, homosexuality, romantic love, sex, and marriage 5.2 Agriculture, religion, 'original sin', monogamy, and misogyny 5.3 Women, men, sexual desire and orgasms 5.4 Sex at dawn, Sex at dusk, scientific biases, 'traditional societies', and jealousy 5.5 History of marriage, love and sex, and links to health and happiness 5.6 Misogyny, history, teleology, religion, and Hypatia of Alexandria 5.7 Myths and facts concerning narratives on gender differences and roles
6 Darwin, capitalism, 'social Darwinism', colonialism, and beliefs
6.1 Darwin, Darwinism, idealization, adaptationism, and just-so-stories 6.2 Purpose, struggle-for-life, selfish genes, straw-men and suicide 6.3 'Progress', 'higher' or 'favored' groups, racism, misogyny, and capitalism 6.4 Teleological narratives, 'savages', colonialism, slavery, and neo-colonialism 7 Brains, conspiracies, witches, monsters, wars and animal abuse
7.1 Brains, behavior, genes, and religions 7.2 Randomness, lack of control, conspiracy theories, and political beliefs 7.3 Witches, sexuality, misogyny, religion, magic, and QAnon conspiracies 7.4 Teleological tales, violence, and torture 7.5 Homo irrationalis, ideology, war, terrorism and mass killings 7.6 'Savages', 'civilization', animal abuse, Enlightenment and humanism 7.7 'Monsters', disabilities, 'mother.
Rui Diogo is Associate Professor at Howard University and Resource Faculty at the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology of GWU. He won several prestigious awards and is renown worldwide due to his multidisciplinary approach to address broader questions and societal issues using state-of-the-art empirical data, what some nowadays call "experimental philosophy" or "scientific philosophy". He is the author of more than 100 papers in top journals and about 20 books, including one adopted at medical schools worldwide, "Learning and understanding human anatomy and pathology", and one often listed among the ten best evolutionary books in 2017, "Evolution driven by organismal behavior".
Product Details ISBN: 9783319704005
ISBN-10: 3319704001
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2022
Pages: 190
Language: English