Bookclub- The science of good and evil

  • March 10, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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Book: The Science of Good and Evil:  Why people cheat, gossip, care, share and follow the golden rule.

Author: Michael Shermer

Where:  Go to the point that Washington Street hits the ocean and we will be picnicking on the left.  Park on the street (you may need to park several blocks away as the lot is over priced and they are doing construction in the area).  Bring your own food.  Joe's Stone Crab which is just a block or so away also has affordable take out food if you want to do that.


And as always - even if you don't get a chance to read the book you are more than welcome to join us for the discussion!

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Drawing on evolutionary psychology, Skeptic publisher and Scientific American contributor Shermer (Why People Believe Weird Things) argues that the sources of moral behavior can be traced scientifically to humanity's evolutionary origins. He contends that human morality evolved as first an individual and then a species-wide mechanism for survival. As society evolved, humans needed rules governing behavior-e.g., altruism, sympathy, reciprocity and community concern-in order to ensure survival. Shermer says that some form of the Golden Rule-"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you"-provides the foundation of morality in human societies....

 

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  • Phil M.

    Great. On the way home I relaized I forgot to bring up the author's view on edeterminism and free will. He state that the universe is deterministic but individually, we have free will. I didn't follow his logic and wanted other viewpoints but, alas I forgot. Oh well. Otherwise it was great.

    March 11, 2012

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