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The Social Leap

The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come from, and What Makes Us Happy
Auteur(s): William von Hippel
Narrateur(s): Michael David Axtell
Durée: 8 h et 36 min
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In the compelling popular science tradition of Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel, a groundbreaking and eye-opening exploration that applies evolutionary science to provide a new perspective on human psychology, revealing how major challenges from our past have shaped some of the most fundamental aspects of our being.

The most fundamental aspects of our lives - from leadership and innovation to aggression and happiness - were permanently altered by the "social leap" our ancestors made from the rain forest to the Savannah. Their struggle to survive on the open grasslands required a shift from individualism to a new form of collectivism, which forever altered the way our mind works. It changed the way we fight and our proclivity to make peace, it changed the way we lead and the way we follow, it made us innovative but not inventive, it created a new kind of social intelligence, and it led to new sources of life satisfaction.

In The Social Leap, William von Hippel lays out this revolutionary hypothesis, tracing human development through three critical evolutionary inflection points to explain how events in our distant past shape our lives today. From the mundane, such as why we exaggerate, to the surprising, such as why we believe our own lies and why fame and fortune are as likely to bring misery as happiness, the implications are far-reaching and extraordinary.

Blending anthropology, biology, history, and psychology with evolutionary science, The Social Leap is a fresh and provocative look at our species that provides new clues about who we are, what makes us happy, and how to use this knowledge to improve our lives.

©2018 William von Hippel (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Evolutionary psychology put simply

I love reading about human evolutionary psychology and this is probably my new favourite book on the subject. He explains concepts in a way that I think most people could understand, and the story, that is, our own evolution, is extremely compelling! Awesome read!

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  • tiffani
  • 2018-11-15

Amazing

I listened to you on Joe Rogans podcast and you blew my mind that I immediately download your book and I loved it

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  • Azura S
  • 2018-11-16

Best Book Of The Year

I've been waiting for this impatiently ever since I first added it to my Pre-Order list and my, it was worth it. This is a really well narrated scientific text which examines why people are the way they are and how our drive to be social drives nearly all our behavior. There are fascinating insights into corporate behaviour and animal behaviour too. I am 100% glad that I bought this and would strongly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might enjoy it.

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  • carlosuseche
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 2019-01-13

This book deserves more than 5 stars. Excellent

Reading this book is a real pleasure. Highly recommended. I also recommend the Joe Rogan Experience interview # 1201 - William von Hippe about this book.

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  • Matt
  • 2018-11-20

fascinating!!!

I found this book from watching a Joe Rogan podcast. I enjoyed the author on the show and very much enjoyed this book! Go check out JRE and if you like him there get this book!

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  • Derek
  • 2019-07-25

I Loved This Book

I saw William von Hippel on the Joe Rogan podcast and knew I had to read his book. This is an excellent book with a lot of interesting information that possibly explains the exact reasons that humans are the way that we are.

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  • Arjun
  • 2018-12-06

Insightful and Captivating!

Wonderful book that clearly and concisely describes various phenomena that become apparent once explained! Best use of the money I've spent this year!

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  • calvin
  • 2018-11-20

When did humans start acting like humans?

This book looks to answer that question and follows human behaviors back to their evolutionary first occurrence. then comes full circle to point out how our unique evolution has guided our species over the world. very much in the vein of sapiens

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  • Constantine
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  • 2019-07-13

Amazing book.

Absolutely amazing book. If you want to understand why you react the way you do to certain things, as well as to better understand human behavior in general, get this book. Most of our emotional, mental and social struggles are products of multi-million evolution, and this book does great job explaining that, it also gives perspective on how our ancestors lived and helps to appreciate all the good things modern society has to offer. We , modern humans, especially those living in developed western countries have so much to be grateful for.

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  • Eater of Books
  • 2019-06-10

interesting read

interesting read, well written, but stop lecturing about modern American politics. Yuck. stick to anthropology please.

as far as his analogy about political leadership goes, with the ability to appropriate resources including food and mates determining whether a liter is a "baboon"-type leader or an "elephant"-type leader, we are then instructed to throw that interesting insight out the window and instead always castigate baboon type leaders. elephants in his opinion are always better. however, since he doesn't know anything about modern political structures, there's no analysis as to why a baboon type might be called upon at certain moments in history even in advanced societies and an elephant type leader would be a disaster in that situation. no, always elephants. and of course he views elephants as those he agrees with. whereas someone from another point of view I would say that the leaders he thinks are elephants are more baboon types and vice versa.

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  • SSS
  • 2019-03-13

Will teach what you are

Those who are looking for why we behave the we do, this book give answers.