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Several books recently read:

Beyond human nature : how culture and experience shape our lives by Jesse J. Prinz. Prinz takes the view that it is nurture rather than nature that shapes most of our lives. In a peer review of Prinz’s book, Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of New South Wales, suggests that the nurture angle may be overdone. I would agree with Brooks, the nurture angle is pushed too hard.

“Fundamentalist creationists are by no means the only ones who squirm at the idea human affairs are shaped by our squalid and brutish animal past.

The thoroughgoing nurturism of many social scientists – particularly those with deep commitments to Marxism and gender feminism – seems to originate from a suspicion that all evolutionary biologists are shills for imperialism and laissez-faire capitalism.

To admit to an interesting role for biology in shaping human nature or individual differences would be to succumb to “survival-of-the-fittest” social Darwinism.” Brookes R. 2012

Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story by Jim Holt. This book is an exploration of this age old fundamental question, examining different ideas posited through the ages. Ultimately though it’s a question with no answer! Good reads provides a short review of Why does the World exist.

Still missing novel by Beth Richardson Gutcheon. Quite a good detective story with a happy ending.

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