The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life

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Oxford University Press, Feb 10, 2005 - Psychology - 464 pages
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This book provides a coherent explanation of human nature, which is to say how people think, act, and feel, what they want, and how they interact with each other. The central idea is that the human psyche was designed by evolution to `nable people to create and sustain culture.
 

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Contents

1 Beasts for Culture
3
2 The Human Psyche at Work
49
3 What People Want
82
4 How People Think
169
5 How and Why Emotions Happen
245
6 How People Act and React
272
7 How People Interact
340
Epilogue
384
Notes
393
References
411
Index
441
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