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The Selfish Gene
The Selfish Gene
von Richard Dawkins

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoughtful, 10. Februar 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Selfish Gene (Taschenbuch)
This is one of those books that make perfect sense. It is like somewhere deep inside you already knew things were the way Dawkins describes them, but "The Selfish Gene" perfectly presents, elaborates and systemizes those ideas. A great reading which i highly recommend for everyone.

The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics
The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics
von Michael Shermer
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A highly entertaining book, not much information, 10. Februar 2008
This is a preliminary review as i am so far a little more than half-way through the book, the problem being i might never actualy finish reading it. Although "The Mind of The Market" is quiet a pleasure to read - the author supplies plenty of examples and anecdotal evidense to support his ideas, the idea behind the book is really hard to grasp. Sections of the book seem to be very losely connected, each has references to numerous empirical studies, personal experiences of the author (particularly his bycicle riding career) but i really can not understand what they are supposed to support or how they fit in the general framework if there is any. So reading this book is much like reading wikipedia - in fact i so far found at least two chapters which have much in common with corresponding wikipedia articles. For instance Wikipedia "Conjunction fallacy" article features the same thwo examples the chapter "Minding Our Money" has. The creepy thing is that this particular Wikipedia article is at least 4 years old, while "The Mind of the Market" was published in Jan 2008.
Well, i don't mean the book is not worth reading. If you want to have a great time (and a couple of good laughs) while reading a dozen or two interesting facts, it is a way to go, if you expect deep analysis and new ideas - you might want to shop for something else.

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