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Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny

Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny

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By (author) Robert Wright

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679758941
  • ISBN 13: 9780679758945
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 100,694

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In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history–and discerning where history will lead us next. In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism. Here is history endowed with moral significance–a way of looking at our biological and cultural evolution that suggests, refreshingly, that human morality has improved over time, and that our instinct to discover meaning may itself serve a higher purpose. Insightful, witty, profound, Nonzero offers breathtaking implications for what we believe and how we adapt to technology's ongoing transformation of the world.

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Robert Wright is the author of Three Scientists and Their Gods and The Moral Animal, which was named by the "New York Times Book Review" as one of the twelve best books of the year and has been published in nine languages. A recipient of the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism, Wright has published in "The Atlantic, The New Yorker," the "New York Times Magazine, Time, " and "Slate." He was previously a senior editor at "The New Republic" and "The Sciences" and now runs the Web site nonzero.org. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"Exciting and intellectually stimulating?well-written, witty, and quite timely as we consider the challenges of our global, interconnected future."?"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

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In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history-and discerning where history will lead us next. In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright asserts that, ever since the primordial ooze, life has followed a basic pattern. Organisms and human societies alike have grown more complex by mastering the challenges of internal cooperation. Wright's narrative ranges from fossilized bacteria to vampire bats, from stone-age villages to the World Trade Organization, uncovering such surprises as the benefits of barbarian hordes and the useful stability of feudalism. Here is history endowed with moral significance-a way of looking at our biological and cultural evolution that suggests, refreshingly, that human morality has improved over time, and that our instinct to discover meaning may itself serve a higher purpose. Insightful, witty, profound, Nonzero offers breathtaking implications for what we believe and how we adapt to technology's ongoing transformation of the world.