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Robert Wright

Dátum narodenia:25. január 1957
Ďalšie mená: 罗伯特·怀特(记者),ராபர்ட் ரைட்

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„We are built to be effective animals, not happy ones.“

— Robert Wright
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

„Nature has gone to great lengths to hide our subconscious from ourselves. Why?“

— Robert Wright
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

„In all these assaults on the senses there is a great wisdom — not only about the addictiveness of pleasures but about their ephemerality. The essence of addiction, after all, is that pleasure tends to desperate and leave the mind agitated, hungry for more. The idea that just one more dollar, one more dalliance, one more rung on the ladder will leave us feeling sated reflects a misunderstanding about human nature — a misunderstanding, moreover, that is built into human nature; we are designed to feel that the next great goal will bring bliss, and the bliss is designed to evaporate shortly after we get there. Natural selection has a malicious sense of humor; it leads us along with a series of promises and then keeps saying ‘Just kidding.’ As the Bible puts it, ‘All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.’ Remarkably, we go our whole lives without ever really catching on.

The advice of the sages — that we refuse to play this game — is nothing less than an incitement to mutiny, to rebel against our creator. Sensual pleasures are the whip natural selection uses to control us to keep us in the thrall of its warped value system. To cultivate some indifference to them is one plausible route to liberation. While few of us can claim to have traveled far on this route, the proliferation of this scriptural advice suggests it has been followed some distance with some success.“

— Robert Wright
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

„Once you the forces that govern behavior, it's harder to blame the behaver“

— Robert Wright
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

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