Dark Nature by Lyall Watson
A Natural History of Evil

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At a time when violence threatens to become epidemic and genocide takes the place of diplomacy in many regions of the world, it is no longer enough to simply dismiss such dark behavior as "human nature." People need to know why such atrocities and horrors take place, and the usual moral, religious, political and philosophical explanations have proved inadequate.

With Dark Nature, world naturalist Lyall Watson presents a scientific examination of evil. Drawing on the latest insights of genetics, evolutionary ethology, anthropology and psychology, he takes the discussion of evil out of the realm of monsters and demons to reveal it for what it truly is: A biological reality that may be terrifying but can be controlled. Groundbreaking, fascinating and eminently readable, Dark Nature is a vital and timely antidote to modern despair.

 

About Lyall Watson

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Lyall Watson is the author of over twenty books, including the bestseller "Supernature". He lives in Ireland.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by HarperCollins. 280 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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This is far too modest a sampling of Watson's survey to convey the range and depth of his inquiry, its playings back and forth, the twining of biological, cultural, psychological, and ethological considerations--delicate and intricate as a Persian carpet.

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He begins with the unlikely pair of Aristotle and Goldilocks, the former who urged humans to strive for ""the golden mean"" and the latter who was satisfied only when things were ""just right."" We living creatures are pawns of our genes, no matter what species we belong to, and the genes operate...

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