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The Elephant in the Brain
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life | Robin Hanson, Kevin Simler
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"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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Lizbeth17
Mehso-so

The first half of the book, I was surprised and interested. Maybe I shouldn‘t have been, since the essential conclusion is “humans are more selfish than you think, and prioritize sex and prestige”, but the writing kept the information feeling fresh and relevant, and the authors had a self effacing narrative that hit the right notes. But the chapters started feeling a bit repetitive and so I skipped to the end.