How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of our Addiction to Stories download free [PDF and Ebook] by Alex Rosenberg

How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of our Addiction to Stories download free [PDF and Ebook] by Alex Rosenberg year 2018
  • Book name: How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of our Addiction to Stories
  • Author: Alex Rosenberg
  • Release date: 2018/3/9
  • Publisher: MIT PRESS LTD
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Science and Geography
  • ISBN: 9780262038577
  • Rating: 9.86 of 10
  • Votes: 363
  • Review by: Carmen Sam
  • Review rating: 7.39 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/10/21
  • Total pages: 304
  • Includes a PDF summary of 27 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired.To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong. Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don't. Narrative history is always, always wrong. It's not just incomplete or inaccurate but deeply wrong, as wrong as Ptolemaic astronomy. We no longer believe that the earth is the center of the universe. Why do we still believe in historical narrative? Our attachment to history as a vehicle for understanding has a long Darwinian pedigree and a genetic basis. Our love of stories is hard-wired. Neuroscience reveals that human evolution shaped a tool useful for survival into a defective theory of human nature. Stories historians tell, Rosenberg continues, are not only wrong but harmful. Israel and Palestine, for example, have dueling narratives of dispossession that prevent one side from compromising with the other. Henry Kissinger applied lessons drawn from the Congress of Vienna to American foreign policy with disastrous results. Human evolution improved primate mind reading-the ability to anticipate the behavior of others, whether predators, prey, or cooperators-to get us to the top of the African food chain. Now, however, this hard-wired capacity makes us think we can understand history-what the Kaiser was thinking in 1914, why Hitler declared war on the United States-by uncovering the narratives of what happened and why. In fact, Rosenberg argues, we will only understand history if we don't make it into a story.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 15H17M4S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: History: Theory & Methods, Historiography, Psychology, History Of Science, Neurosciences
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Approximate value: 27.82 USD
  • Dimensions: 152x229x25mm
  • Weight: 544.31g
  • Printed by: MIT Press
  • Published in: Cambridge, Mass., United States
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