About this Book
To be a Stone Age creature in a Jet Age zoo tends to cause
problems. The list of societal problems are numerous-
from depression and suicide to obesity, drug use, insomnia,
loneliness, and boredom-to mention only a few of
the "diseases of civilization." The list goes on and on,
while wars around the world continue to plague democracies,
monarchs, and Mankind. Are we prisoners of our
environment and, if so, can we do anything about it? Are
we really happy?
The author of this book, Bjorn Grinde, who is a
molecular biologist at the Norwegian Institute of Public
Health in Oslo, Norway, believes we are losing sight of
our biological inheritance. He takes a closer look at the
blueprint of our genes, which carry instructions for the
development of arms and legs and for our mental capacity.
He is convinced that a better knowledge of mankind's
biology will help us make better choices. He tells us
why we are in our present predicament and what we can
do about it.
There is growing interest in the biological/evolutionary
perspective that can be brought to an understanding
of human behavior. Related to the concept of Darwinian
Medicine, which focuses on diseases, the evolutionary
perspective of Darwinian Happiness may improve
psychological well-being, which could lead to indirect
benefits pertaining to a variety of medical conditions.
Dr. Grinde proposes ways of looking at our genetic
make-up positively, based on our evolutionary origins
and functional genes still embedded in the Stone Age.
This book addresses humankind's problems on a global
scale and offers solutions-a Paradise Society designed
to maximize Darwinian happiness-so that we, as a species,
may have a better chance of survival.
DarwinianHappiness is written for a general audience
as well as interested biologists, physicians, psychologists,
sociologists, behaviorists, and other professionals
in the life sciences. The book offers new insights into
the nature of being human, and explores how our understanding
of human nature can help improve the quality
of our lives.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: On Genes and Gurus *DOWNLOAD*
Evolution: The Theater of Life
Darwinian Happiness: Why We Should Listen to Our Genes
Human Origins: The Age of the Dangerous Hero
The Brain: Your Personal Necktop Computer
Rewards: Use Your Head-That's What It's There For
Consciousness and Emotions: On Burns and Blossoms
Sex: The Most Important and Most Difficult Task
Mating Behavior: What Has Love Got To Do with It?
Good and Evil: The Pleasure of Compassion
Community: Making the Most of Our Social Instincts
Religion: If God Is in Your Genes
The Art of Seeing: Visual Delight
Sounds and Song: Musical Satisfaction
Is the Future Just History?