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Mean Genes

Mean Genes

From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts

Why do we want—and why do we do—so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy—our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these “mean genes” into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts—before they beat us.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Life Sciences / Evolution

On Sale: October 2nd 2012

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780465031245

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Reader Reviews


Robert Frank, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, and author of Luxury Fever
"Hip, fun, and packed with attitude, Mean Genes is a laser-guided surgical strike in the self-control battles we fight every day. Burnham and Phelan not only unmask the devil inside us, they hand us the tools to disarm him."

Washington Post Book World
The Mean Genes message is optimistic...a self-help book for the merely average human being."
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