Humankind: A Hopeful History


THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER’A beacon of hope for a frighted world’ DANNY DORLING’This is the book we need right now’ TELEGRAPH’It’d be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020′ GUARDIANIt’s a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest.Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world’s most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram’s Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.It is time for a new view of human nature.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER’A beacon of hope for a frighted world’ DANNY DORLING’That is the ebook we’d like proper now’ TELEGRAPH’It might be no shock if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020′ GUARDIANIt’s a perception that unites the left and proper, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that encompass us and the legal guidelines that contact our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this perception have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature egocentric and ruled by self-interest.Humankind makes a brand new argument: that it’s life like, in addition to revolutionary, to imagine that individuals are good. The intuition to cooperate slightly than compete, belief slightly than mistrust, has an evolutionary foundation going proper again to the start of Homo sapiens. By pondering the worst of others, we carry out the worst in our politics and economics too.On this main ebook, internationally bestselling creator Rutger Bregman takes among the world’s most well-known research and occasions and reframes them, offering a brand new perspective on the final 200,000 years of human historical past. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an notorious New York homicide, Stanley Milgram’s Yale shock machine to the Stanford jail experiment, Bregman reveals how believing in human kindness and altruism could be a new approach to assume – and act as the muse for reaching true change in our society.It’s time for a brand new view of human nature.

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