Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Exciting and intellectually stimulating?well-written, witty, and quite timely as we consider the challenges of our global, interconnected future."?The Philadelphia Inquirer


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Wright has constructed an interesting thesis... bold and thought-provoking. SUNDAY TIMES Not only a fascinating read but an important one. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY One of the main layman's objections to the supposedly random process of evolution is that for all its inherent pointlessness, evolution seems to have a goal, a narrative, a conscious direction. And that direction is towards complexity. Germs become animals. Apes become humans. Blood-caked Aztec savages become liberal-minded East Coast essayists. Now Robert Wright, author of the much-praised The Moral Animal, has come along with a contentious new book to tell us that the layman has been on to something all along. Evolution does have a goal. The title of Wright's book comes from games theory, which divides human interactions into "zero sum games", where for every winner there's a loser, and "non-zero sum games", where everyone gains. Wright's aim is to knit together this theory with anthropol The author's learning is lightly worn. Sometimes too lightly. After a while his chatty, hey-let's-have-a-beer style starts to grate: "When was the last time you invented a boomerang?"; "Ah, Tahiti!". There are also some minor errors, like his claiming tha Sean Thomas, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B000Q9IRBY
  • Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (April 20, 2001)
  • Publication date : April 20, 2001
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1874 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 450 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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Patrick Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read But Many Areas Of Disagreement
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary of history and where civilization is heading
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