Human nature
—Berlinski, David, 1942- author.
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Conventional wisdom holds that the murder rate has plummeted since the Middle Ages; humankind is growing more peaceful and enlightened; man is shortly to be much improved -- better genes, better neural circuits, better biochemistry; and we are approaching a technological singularity that will usher in utopia. Human Nature eviscerates these and other doctrines of a contemporary nihilism masquerading as science. In this wide-ranging work, polymath David Berlinski draws upon history, mathematics, logic, and literature to retrain our gaze on an old truth many are eager to forget: there is and will be about the human condition beauty, nobility, and moments of sublime insight, yes, but also ignorance and depravity. Men are not about to become like gods.

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Science -- Philosophy.
Science -- Social aspects.
328 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-320) and index.
I: Violence
The first world war
The best of times
The cause of war
II: Reason
Relativism: a fish story
The dangerous discipline
Necessary nature
Disgusting, no?
Majestic ascent: Darwin on trial
Memories of Ulaanbaatar
Inn keepers
III: Fall
The social set
IV: Personalities
A flower of chivalry
Giuseppe Peano
Sonja Kovalevsky
A logician's life
Chronicle of a death foretold
V: Language
The recovery of case
VI: Place
Prague, 1998
Old hose
Vienna, 1981
VII: Interviews
A conversation with Le Figaro
A conversation with Evolution News.
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