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The Lucifer Principle

A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that "evil" is a by-product of nature's strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. Though this argument is not a new one - it has been brought forth by such great historical figures as St. Paul, Thomas Hobbes, and Raymond Dart - Howard Bloom here takes fresh data from a variety of sources and shapes it into a lens through which listeners can reinterpret the human experience.

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Nice provocation

Lucifer Principle weaves a well-written and compelling narrative that is bound to shock the reader out of her ideological stupour. This style provides a healthy immunization against some of the illusions and self-deceptions that we all, by nature and education, live under. Thus broken free from dogmas, Bloom jolts the reader to freely exploring the link between dominance hierarchies, violence, genes, memes, and social groups. The very same passion that cures cancer often amplifies our self-righteousness into a blinding plea for world domination.

The book is well-researched and contains numerous fascinating and illustrative stories from history. At the same time, it suffers from a selective exposition of facts presented with a strong interpretative slant. I did not like the anti-Islamic rants that went on for way too long. And I did not like the many dubious empirical generalisations that appeared one-sided and based on anecdotal evidence. I concur with David S. Wilson's estimation, in the foreword, that Bloom has a tendency to exaggerate.

However, Bloom's cynical and pessimistic lens magnifies humanity's dark side in a way that is illuminating. It is illuminating not only of our capacity for evil, but also of the capacity for goodness and excellence in the same human organism. The takeaway lesson, if there is one, is therefore ambivalent. The pitfalls of the Lucifer Principle are ever present in our struggle to self-transcend our animal nature. And yet continually self-transcend we must. To reach for the stars and to perpetuate evolution is a bloody, violent, stressful affair, but without it we face the heat death of the universe. Bloom shows us how we can break free from entropy without succumbing to the worst conquering and genocidal illusions that humanity possesses.

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Great book

Fantastic look at how we coexist as humans and have done through history. Love it.

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Good read

Well it is not the most accurate but a real good mix of ideas and views

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  • Shane Bennett
  • 11-02-16

Deep insights into who we really are

Bloom always delivers. His insights give identity to the human race and reveals why we do what we do. Fascinating!

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  • Craig P
  • 16-01-20

You must read or listen to this this book!

I read this book years ago and immediately placed it at the top of my list of the most important books that I have read. Listening to it on audible has only served to reinforce my high regard for this amazing piece of work.

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  • JVG
  • 30-04-19

A Fresh Perspective on "Known" Information

Will stretch your imagination--- and sometimes credibility--- but a must read for any trying to unravel this thing.

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  • angel
  • 17-04-19

Everyone

My mind has opened up. This book is incredibly informative interesting and really cool. I recommend EVERYONE read or listen to Mr. Blooms book. My view of the world has changed. Can’t wait to read again. Awesome

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  • Janeth H
  • 13-07-16

Incredible analysis about humans

This book is so complete by integrating different specialties all together, making an only but complex principle that could explain humans behavior. The performance was natural and let me be captivated by the content. Thank you for making this book available.

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  • Kyle
  • 14-04-16

A most profound assessment of society...

I would say as grim at times this book can be at times; it was a refreshing look at the way we look at the concept of society. A must read...or a must listen.

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  • Pat
  • 16-03-20

Very engaging

I liked this so much that I've listened to it twice. The narrator's voice is perfect for the subject matter.

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  • Mr. T
  • 23-09-19

A  patchwork of ideas that didn't took me anywhere

Some arguments are perfectly sound but I didn't understood where I was at the end of my intelectual journey.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02-09-19

Prescient

although the book itself isn't a new publication, its subject matter is as timely as this morning's news.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 31-05-19

first book I ever downloaded...

This is about the sixth time listening to this book. It will go down as one of my favorite books Ever!