The Logic of Human DestinyBook - 2001
"At the beginning of Nonzero, Robert Wright sets out to "define the arrow of the history of life, from the primordial soup to the World Wide Web." Twenty-two chapters later, after a sweeping and vivid narrative of the human past, he has succeeded - and has mounted a powerful challenge to the conventional view that evolution and human history are aimless." "Ingeniously employing game theory - the logic of "zero-sum" and "non-zero-sum" games - Wright isolates the impetus behind life's basic direction; the impetus that, via biological evolution, created complex, intelligent animals and then, via cultural evolution, pushed the human species toward deeper and vaster social complexity." "Wright argues that a coolly scientific appraisal of humanity's three-billion-year past can give new spiritual meaning to the present and even offer political guidance for the future. Nonzero will change the way people think about the human prospect."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
Characteristics: xii, 435 pages ; 21 cm