Nonzero (Sapiens)

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Robert Wright challenges the conventional view that biological evolution and human history are aimless. Employing game theory - the logic of "zero-sum" and "nonzero-sum" games - he isolates the impetus behind life's basic direction and takes on some of the 20th century's most prominent thinkers.

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ISBN-13: 9780349113340
ISBN-10: 0349113343
Pagini: 448
Dimensiuni: 128 x 197 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Little Brown Book Group
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Locul publicării: United Kingdom


Wright has constructed an interesting thesis... bold and thought-provoking. SUNDAY TIMES Not only a fascinating read but an important one. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY One of the main layman's objections to the supposedly random process of evolution is that for all its inherent pointlessness, evolution seems to have a goal, a narrative, a conscious direction. And that direction is towards complexity. Germs become animals. Apes become humans. Blood-caked Aztec savages become liberal-minded East Coast essayists. Now Robert Wright, author of the much-praised The Moral Animal, has come along with a contentious new book to tell us that the layman has been on to something all along. Evolution does have a goal. The title of Wright's book comes from games theory, which divides human interactions into "zero sum games", where for every winner there's a loser, and "non-zero sum games", where everyone gains. Wright's aim is to knit together this theory with anthropol The author's learning is lightly worn. Sometimes too lightly. After a while his chatty, hey-let's-have-a-beer style starts to grate: "When was the last time you invented a boomerang?"; "Ah, Tahiti!". There are also some minor errors, like his claiming tha Sean Thomas, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

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Robert Wright has written extensively for THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, THE NEW YORKER and TIME magazine, and currently works as a senior editor at THE NEW REPUBLIC.