Humankind, Rutger Bregman
Rutger Bregman

Humankind

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A GUARDIAN, TIMES AND FT SUMMER READ

'How to win friends and save humanity'
Literary Review

'This is the book we need right now'
Daily Telegraph
'Put aside your newspaper for a little while and read this book'
Barry Schwartz
It'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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janczak089has quoted10 hours ago
Dictators and despots, governors and generals – they all too often resort to brute force to prevent scenarios that exist only in their own heads, on the assumption that the average Joe is ruled by self-interest, just like them.
Vladimir Zivkovic
Vladimir Zivkovichas quoted2 days ago
In 1959, the BBC asked Russell what advice he would give future generations. He answered:

When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed, but look only and solely at what are the facts.
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Humankind articulates what we anthropologists have been arguing for decades, only far more beautifully

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