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    DescriptionIf evolution by natural selection relentlessly favors self-interest, why do human beings live in complex societies and show so much cooperative spirit? In The Origins of Virtue, Matt Ridley, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist, shows that recent research in a number of fields has suggested a resolution of the apparent contradiction between self-interest and mutual aid. Brilliantly orchestrating the new findings of geneticists, psychologists, and anthropologists, The Origins of Virtue re-examines the everyday assumptions upon which we base our actions towards others, whether we are nurturing parents, siblings, or trade partners. The Origins of Virtue searches for the roots of that capacity for trust, contrasts it with the social instincts of ants, baboons, and naked mole rats, and draws provocative conclusions for our understanding of politics. Ridley not only traces the evolution of society but shows us how breakthroughs in computer programming, microbiology, and economics have all played their role in providing us with a unique perspective on how and why we relate to each other.

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    Clockwork Saints:the Evolutionary Purpose of Altruism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Ridley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 295
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140264456
    ISBN 10: 0140264450

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
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    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26730
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000
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    B&T Approval Code: A60190000
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    B&T Approval Code: A60280000
    DC22: 302/.14
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    LC classification: QH366.2 .R527 1998
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 303.5
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    DC21: 303.5
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    30 April 1998
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    Author Information
    Matt Ridley has worked as a science editor, Washington correspondent, and American editor for the "Economist." A research fellow of the Institute for Economic Affairs and a Trustee of the International Centre for Life, he lives in Northumberland, England.