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Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food Taming Our Primal Instincts Paperback – September 1, 2001
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== Spoiler Alert(beginning) ==
Let me give you an example of some fascinating thing you learn : You know how most of us are keen on fatty and sugary food, well the authors explained why is that so.
Let's think back to our ancestors (cave men); back then, when a hunter killed an animal (let's say a giraffe) they couldn't storage the leftovers and after a while the giraffe would spoil. So what would be the wise thing to do back then? Well the best to do would be to eat as much as you could and store the extra food as fat in your body (you know those love handles).
Now let's see why we inherited this behavior; the cave men (and women) who wouldn't overeat (what today we consider a wise thing, with reason) would die if there was a shortage of food, while those who put up some fat for the winter would survive. Now guess what, who do you think we came from? Of course we came from those who survived, the overeaters.
The problem we have now is that society has change in the way that you don't spend 700 cal. to bring home some food, but instead about 0.5 cal. ordering a pizza through your phone. So society changed but our genes didn't!
== Spoiler Alert(end) ==
Anyway, that was one of the many many examples of behaviors in this book!
I am a psychology doctoral student, but absolutely anyone would be able to read this and appreciate it.
Mean Genes is written for anyone interested in taking better control of his/her life. (That means you.) As one would expect from a quick glance at the authors' bios, Mean Genes is a very intelligently-written book. But don't be daunted by the scientific material and the impressive degrees. Besides being highly readable, Mean Genes will make you laugh. Combining anecdotes from their own lives as well as fascinating facts from the animal world, the authors present each point such that you can easily apply it to the struggles you face every day (and overcome them!).
In the fight to "tame our primal instincts," Mean Genes is unquestionably the best ammo yet!
Mean Genes is gripping from start to finish and yes, it has changed my life. Not a day goes by that I don't find use for some of the sage advice and insight offered up by Burnham and Phelan. Mean Genes takes a universally important (and broad) topic and translates it into bite-sized portions, which are readily digestible to all readers--not to mention witty and entertaining. The authors draw from their own experiences in demonstrating ways that we can battle our own 'Mean Genes', and live happy and fulfilling lives.
Mean Genes is the best book that I have read so far this year, and most certainly one of the most influential and useful books I have ever read.
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- relatively short chapters
- chapters deal with life in general (greed,...Read more