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Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins by Konrad…

Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins (1973)

by Konrad Lorenz

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    The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future by Theodore Kaczynski (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: Two different works on the damage that industrialisation and technology have on human society. Many of the same themes are found in both works, though each work has a very different style, format, and voice.

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Konrad Lorenz was a pioneer of the study of animal behaviour, and received the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine 1973. This short book of 78 pages was published the same year, describing how the behaviour of humans in modern civilised societies is harmful both to the individual and collectively to present and future generations. Eight major problems are identified here, and how much they resonate with the reader is likely to correspond to how much time they spend in large urban environments where the effects of these trends are most intense.
Written by an expert in animal behaviour, each section details why human behaviour has evolved to be how it is, and how once useful behaviours are now maladapted to contemporary technological/industrial society, resulting in a loss of collective species fitness, psychological well being, and social cohesion.
This is a concise work that explains societal issues through the science of evolution and ethology, while remaining suitable both for the scientist and the layman. As this is such a short and to-the-point book, and presents such a powerful message that is relevant to all members of human-kind, it is difficult not to recommend. A few recommendations on how to deal with the problems would have been interesting, however that would probably have made this a more politically divisive work. ( )
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