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How We Became Human
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
How We Became Human
Written by:
Tim Dean 
Read by:
Tim Dean 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
9 hours 50 minutes 
Published:
July 27 2021 
Available Date:
July 27 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867550464 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Lifestyle - Wellbeing; Mind, Body & Spirit; Philosophy 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
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Award winning author
Australian author

Here one of Australia's brightest philosophers charts the evolution of morality from the first humans to today, and shows us how we can turn towards a better future.

Over thousands of years, humans have evolved mechanisms to help us live together in ever-larger social groups. We developed a set of 'moral emotions' such as empathy, guilt and outrage, as well as a tendency to favour people in our in-groups and a propensity to punish perceived wrongdoers. Our culture also evolved, giving us powerful tools like religion and politics that could expand community sizes and maintain moral order. While these mechanisms served our ancestors well, though, seeing morality in such black and white terms is not right for the complex world of today. Social media can turn outrage into an addiction, gender equality is still hampered by caveman thinking, and implicit bias turns to explicit oppression. How can we shake off our innate ideas of how to live now that they don't quite match up with the modern world? How do we separate what's natural from what's right?