This time I read:
Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom
I don’t read much non fiction, but when I do it tends to be psychological in nature. So it’s really no surprise that this book is based heavily on psychology, to be more precise, developmental psychology. Of course, what really intrigued me was the title. It’s such an interesting concept: if we can be born good or evil, or if we can be born one or the other. I’ve read plenty of books on the psychology behind psychopaths and sociopaths, which is really what made me want to read this. I’ve never read much on the opposing side; aka. people being born good.
I really enjoyed this read and I’ve already recommended it to a few people that I know are interested in human behavior. The book talks mainly about our ingrained moral system. Are we born moral beings? Are we inherently biased towards equality? How do we feel about punishment? How easily do we/can we form coalitions? It also talks about how racism can be rooted in experiences in our youth. It tackles a lot of interesting topics and I never found myself being bored with it, not to mention, it’s also quite a short book. It mentions many studies that I remember learning about when I was in psychology, so that made it even more exciting for me. It even brushes on some philosophy of morals! Which, if you’ve never read about, it’s quite interesting to see how we see different situations.
When reading nonfiction, especially non fiction that talks about experiments and research, it can get dry after a while. All through reading this book I never found it feeling too dry, which is great! He cites some great studies and talks about different view points, research, and experimentation done in the field of humans and our morals. I found myself reading parts aloud to Alex if he was in the same room, or telling whoever was near me at the time an interesting tidbit or two that I learned while reading. I think that’s something great about non fiction; you get to learn new facts that you can share with others!
I would totally recommend reading this if you’re interested in human behavior, babies, morals, philosophy, or psychology! It’s very interesting.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free to review from Blogging for Books, all opinions are my own.
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