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Natural Selection's Paradox: The Outlaw Gene, The Religion of Money, and The Origin of Evil Paperback – August 21, 2008


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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419692747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419692741
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,657,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carter Stroud has a masters in education from San Francisco University and a doctorate in law from Hastings College of Law at the University of California. He served as the city attorney in the city of Alameda, California and for many years litigated for the Port of Oakland. His practice included constitutional law and civil rights. A proud father and grandfather, he and his wife, Eloise, live in Alameda, California.

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I practiced law for 30 years, mostly as a city attorney and litigator. I taught elementary school before that. My teacher wife put me through law school.
The book was originally titled:"To My Sons, Conversations we Never Finished at the Dinner Table." I started it when I had to commute to 400 miles for a job. I soon was back home again but the question that had already been bothering me for several years would not go away. I spent the next 20 years trying to understand why so many people adopted counterproductive means of surviving.
The result was Natural Selection's Paradox. I researched and thought through cognitive science, religion, natural selection, and other human institutions. Science and other scholars have missed the most important feature of natural selection: the instance where it does not function. Most of our problems can be traced to our adoption of short term-adaptations. Natural selection does not differentiate short-term and long-term adaptations in the short term.
The explains the consequences, which run from adapting to the wrong thing to slavery.

You can hear a Great Radio Interview with me on the "Cover to Cover" program on Berkeley's KPFA radio station:
http://kpfa.org/archive/id/49408
In this 30 minute interviewI discuss many of the crucial ideas in his book with host Denny Smithson, in a very intelligent and thought-provoking conversation.
And here's a profile from the author's hometown paper, which provides some interesting background:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_11846149?IADID

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Hellmann on October 11, 2012
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Stroud has strong opinions, particularly about mankind's lack of moral values, and he backs every one with hard facts. There's no fat in this book; his language is precise and correct (though he should never use the word 'one'), and I read the whole book thinking, 'Yes, right, that's just the way it is.' Stroud's sons must be proud of their pa.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Babo on January 24, 2010
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I acquired Natural Selection's Paradox as a gift. At first I thought it would be a difficult read. I found it was not too far beyond my ability to understand and it really set off some sparks! I felt this great sense of relief, and even renewed hope, because the book makes me believe there MAY be enough intelligence, good will, and altruism in the world to combat the truly terrible and wrong momentum that currently seems to control our paths. At one point I was even brought to tears (of relief).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 10, 2010
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The start of all life could bring it to an end as well. "Natural Selection's Paradox: The Mot Provocative Observation Since Natural Selection" is Carter Stroud's own investigation of natural selection's flaws as he states that if Darwin's theories are correct, mankind may lead itself to oblivion and the world along with it. Drawing on religion, flaws in human nature, and more, "Natural Selection's Paradox" is a read that is well worth considering.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin D. Williams on February 22, 2010
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This book is a device for profound reading and lucid
thinking. It is like listening to Mozart music. It comes over you quietly and suddenly you feel more intelligent. FIVE STARS!
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