The Logic of Human Destiny

Book - 2001
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"At the beginning of Nonzero, Robert Wright sets out to "define the arrow of the history of life, from the primordial soup to the World Wide Web." Twenty-two chapters later, after a sweeping and vivid narrative of the human past, he has succeeded - and has mounted a powerful challenge to the conventional view that evolution and human history are aimless." "Ingeniously employing game theory - the logic of "zero-sum" and "non-zero-sum" games - Wright isolates the impetus behind life's basic direction; the impetus that, via biological evolution, created complex, intelligent animals and then, via cultural evolution, pushed the human species toward deeper and vaster social complexity." "Wright argues that a coolly scientific appraisal of humanity's three-billion-year past can give new spiritual meaning to the present and even offer political guidance for the future. Nonzero will change the way people think about the human prospect."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780679758945
Characteristics: xii, 435 pages ; 21 cm


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isaacsanna Sep 19, 2011

Game theory is fascinating and exciting!

"...a world in which just about everybody holds alliegance to enough different groups with enough different kinds of people, so that plain old fashioned bigotry would entail discomfoting cognitive dissonance. It isn't that everyone will love everyone, but rather that everyone will be like enough different kinds of people to make hating any given type problematic."

Oct 20, 2008

don't get it


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