Book Corner


The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler

I really didn’t learn anything.  We are primates who seek to elevate our status.  Almost anything we do can be viewed in this light, if you squint hard enough.  This really didn’t add to my life any “a-ha” moments, or “gotta tell someone this quote” moments, or “can’t wait to read what’s next moments” – nothing I really look for in a non-fiction book.  It also can’t help but be a downer that the author actually comes out and says he only wrote the thing as a vanity project, i.e. to elevate his status.  It kind of shows.

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