NONZERO  THE LOGIC OF HUMAN DESTINY  By  ROBERT WRIGHT

 

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§    Introduction

PART I: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND

§                           1. The Ladder of Cultural Evolution

§                           2. The Way We Were

§                           3. Add Technology and Bake for Five Millennia

§                           4. The Invisible Brain

§                           5. War: What Is It Good For? 

§                           6. The Inevitability of Agriculture 

§                           7. The Age of Chiefdoms

§                           8. The Second Information Revolution

§                           9. Civilization and So On

§                           10. Our Friends the Barbarians 

§                           11. Dark Ages

§                           12. The Inscrutable Orient

§                           13. Modern Times

§                           14. And Here We Are

§                           15. New World Order

§                           16. Degrees of Freedom

PART II: A BRIEF HISTORY OF ORGANIC LIFE

§                          17. The Cosmic Context

§                          18. The Rise of Biological Non-zero-sumness

§                          19. Why Life Is So Complex

§                          20. The Last Adaptation

PART III: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

§                          21. Non-crazy Questions

§                          22. You Call This a God?

 

§                          Appendix I: On Non-zero-sumness

§                          Appendix II: What Is Social Complexity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a widely circulated e-mail to Andrew Sullivan, who linked to the Beliefnet article on his blog andrewsullivan.com, Dennett wrote:

 

“Wright misinterprets his own videoclip (I am grateful that it is available uncut on his website, so that everybody can see for themselves). All I agreed to was that IF natural selection had the properties of embryogenesis (or "an organism's maturation"), it would be evidence for a higher purpose. But I have always insisted that evolution by natural selection LACKS  those very properties. And I insisted on that in the earlier portions of the videoclip.”

 

For Robert Wright’s reply, click here.