The Incredible Shrinking Mind: What Happens When The Human Equation Gets Lost by Gerald Alper
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Overview: Within the last few decades a dizzying array of scientific disciplines and “explanations” of the motivating forces behind the profound enigmas of human behavior have emerged: sociobiology, cognitive psychology, game theory, experimental psychology, neurobiology, evolutionary psychology, “existential” neurology, social psychology, genetics, and other attempts at interdisciplinary thinking. Each, according to its own reductive approach, strives to separate, isolate, examine in laboratories and through experiments extracted from real-life experience, and thereby “understand” the most complex aspects of being human–including our subjectivity; morality and altruism; our economic survival and our irrational biases that affect it; our innate need for religion and wonder; and the cross-cultural stalwart, humor.
Genre: Nonfiction > Psychology