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The Social Leap

The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come from, and What Makes Us Happy
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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Summary

In the compelling popular science tradition of Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel, a groundbreaking and eye-opening exploration that applies evolutionary science to provide a new perspective on human psychology, revealing how major challenges from our past have shaped some of the most fundamental aspects of our being.

The most fundamental aspects of our lives - from leadership and innovation to aggression and happiness - were permanently altered by the "social leap" our ancestors made from the rain forest to the Savannah. Their struggle to survive on the open grasslands required a shift from individualism to a new form of collectivism, which forever altered the way our mind works. It changed the way we fight and our proclivity to make peace, it changed the way we lead and the way we follow, it made us innovative but not inventive, it created a new kind of social intelligence, and it led to new sources of life satisfaction.

In The Social Leap, William von Hippel lays out this revolutionary hypothesis, tracing human development through three critical evolutionary inflection points to explain how events in our distant past shape our lives today. From the mundane, such as why we exaggerate, to the surprising, such as why we believe our own lies and why fame and fortune are as likely to bring misery as happiness, the implications are far-reaching and extraordinary.

Blending anthropology, biology, history, and psychology with evolutionary science, The Social Leap is a fresh and provocative look at our species that provides new clues about who we are, what makes us happy, and how to use this knowledge to improve our lives.

©2018 William von Hippel (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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next level!!!!

such an awesome book, would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the mind and society 👍👍👍

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amazing book and great narration

looking for an easy read and interesting?
look no more. lots of case studies brought in an easy going manner and enjoyable.
pretty much explaining how we are as a society developed and will hopefully develop more...

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Wow!! I learned more than in the last decade.

I’m taking keen interest in what makes humans the way we are including anthropology and neuroscience and am a fan of books such as Sapiens or Factfulness. The Social Leap is outstanding. Solid science and fantastic storytelling. Easy to follow and FULL of insights I’ve not come across before as well as well framed facts I’ve known about. This book prompts me to make a number of adjustments in my life which are perfect for the New Year resolutions and my goals for 2019 (it’s 4th January when I’m writing this). Highly recommended book for all curious people out there

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amazing read

Brilliant book, explained in a easy to follow way, would highly recommend this for anyone interested in evolution

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  • tiffani
  • 15-11-18

Amazing

I listened to you on Joe Rogans podcast and you blew my mind that I immediately download your book and I loved it

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  • Azura S
  • 16-11-18

Best Book Of The Year

I've been waiting for this impatiently ever since I first added it to my Pre-Order list and my, it was worth it. This is a really well narrated scientific text which examines why people are the way they are and how our drive to be social drives nearly all our behavior. There are fascinating insights into corporate behaviour and animal behaviour too. I am 100% glad that I bought this and would strongly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might enjoy it.

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  • carlosuseche
  • 13-01-19

This book deserves more than 5 stars. Excellent

Reading this book is a real pleasure. Highly recommended. I also recommend the Joe Rogan Experience interview # 1201 - William von Hippe about this book.

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  • Arjun
  • 06-12-18

Insightful and Captivating!

Wonderful book that clearly and concisely describes various phenomena that become apparent once explained! Best use of the money I've spent this year!

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  • Matt
  • 20-11-18

fascinating!!!

I found this book from watching a Joe Rogan podcast. I enjoyed the author on the show and very much enjoyed this book! Go check out JRE and if you like him there get this book!

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  • calvin
  • 20-11-18

When did humans start acting like humans?

This book looks to answer that question and follows human behaviors back to their evolutionary first occurrence. then comes full circle to point out how our unique evolution has guided our species over the world. very much in the vein of sapiens

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  • SSS
  • 13-03-19

Will teach what you are

Those who are looking for why we behave the we do, this book give answers.

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  • John Alberts
  • 06-03-19

Important book

A fascinating discussion of the evolutionary forces that have influenced behavior. An updated look at the nature side of the nature versus nurture dialog.

Entertaining and informative.

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  • J. Lane
  • 24-02-19

Author’s political bias does not improve book

I found the author’s obvious political slant off putting. The book could be improved by not trying to make examples out of current events.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-19

Fantastic listenable non-fiction re:actual reality

A well performed reading of a terribly enlightening story of Homo sapiens with a penchant for evolutionary psychology. Plenty of scientific examples and research is cited in an accessible style for a wide audience.