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The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History

Howard K. Bloom

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ISBN 10: 0871135329 / ISBN 13: 9780871135322
Published by U.S.A.: Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1995
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Rare, Collectible 1st Printing; FINE Hardcover in Unclipped NEAR Fine Dustjacket. 1995 Atlantic Monthly Press Stated 1st Edition, 1st Printing with full number line to 1, a COLLECTIBLE "True" 1st Edition. NEAR FLAWLESS Pictorial DJ is bright, unclipped with original $24.00 price on DJ flap; DJ is fresh, immaculate and is fully intact; only flaws to DJ are a small v-shaped chip at top of spine and a slight bump to top front corner; DJ has no other SHELFWEAR of any KIND; there are no tears, rips, stains ,scuffing scratches. FINE Book is Fresh, Immaculate and Completely unmarked Inside and out; No remainder or publisher overstock marks on book edge; no bookseller stamps or stickers; no x-library detritus; no prior owner signature, gift inscription, bookplate, seal, notes, underlining or other markings. Book has clean, square, tight text block; pages are clean, crisp, white and bright. No missing, soiled, dog-eared damaged, loose or missing pages. Cloth cover boards,binding, corners, and endpapers are all impeccable. Spine is straight, unbroken and there is no leaning or cocking. The top end is bumped o/w spine is in perfect condition. Book is wrapped professionally and shipped promptly in a new, hard box with special, protective packaging, We don't use old newspapers, supermarket bags, "Baggies",reused post office envelopes or boxes as packing materials. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17372978193

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Title: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Atlantic Monthly Pr

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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ory, this ambitious and revolutionary book explores the intricate relationships between 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.

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The Lucifer Principle is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships between 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. In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth's, as well as mankind's, history, Howard Bloom challenges some of our most popular scientific assumptions. Drawing on evidence from studies of the most primitive organisms to those on ants, apes, and humankind, the author makes a persuasive case that it is the group, or "superorganism", rather than the lone individual that really matters in the evolutionary struggle. But, Bloom asserts, the prominence of society and culture does not necessarily mitigate against our most violent, aggressive instincts. In fact, under the right circumstances the mentality of the group will only amplify our most primitive and deadly urges. In Bloom's most daring contention he draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or "memes", that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms. Some of the most familiar memes are utopian in nature - Christianity or Marxism; nonetheless, these are fueled by the biological impulse to climb to the top of the hierarchy. With the meme's insatiable hunger to enlarge itself, we have a precise prescription for war. Biology is not destiny; but human culture is not always the buffer to our more primitive instincts we would like to think it is. In these complex threads of thought lies the LuciferPrinciple, and only through understanding its mandates will we be able to avoid the nuclear crusades that await us in the twenty-first century.

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