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The Resource Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society, Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society, Nicholas A. Christakis

Label
Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society
Title
Blueprint
Title remainder
the evolutionary origins of a good society
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas A. Christakis
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society. In Blueprint, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness. In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today
Cataloging source
FMG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Christakis, Nicholas A
Dewey number
576.801
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QH360.5
LC item number
.C48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Social evolution
Label
Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society, Nicholas A. Christakis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-505) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Preface: our common humanity -- The society within us -- Unintentional communities -- Intentional communities -- Artificial communities -- First comes love -- Animal attraction -- Animal friends -- Friends and networks -- One way to be social -- Remote control -- Genes and culture -- Natural and social laws
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 520 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780316230032
Lccn
2018957420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • on1089804986
  • (OCoLC)1089804986
  • 998605
Label
Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society, Nicholas A. Christakis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-505) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Preface: our common humanity -- The society within us -- Unintentional communities -- Intentional communities -- Artificial communities -- First comes love -- Animal attraction -- Animal friends -- Friends and networks -- One way to be social -- Remote control -- Genes and culture -- Natural and social laws
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxi, 520 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780316230032
Lccn
2018957420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
  • on1089804986
  • (OCoLC)1089804986
  • 998605

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