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The Evolving Self,9780060921927

The Evolving Self

by
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/8/2010
Publisher(s): HarperCollins Publications

Summary

The author of the bestselling Flow (more than 125,000 copies sold) offers an intelligent, inspiring guide to life in the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
PART I THE LURE OF THE PAST
The Mind and History
3(25)
The Perspective of Evolution
3(2)
The Global Network
5(3)
At the Hinges of the New Millennium
8(5)
Chance, Necessity, and Something Else
13(2)
Are We Hopelessly Bad?
15(3)
The Good and the Bad
18(2)
The Emergence of the Self
20(4)
Further Thoughts on ``The Mind and History''
24(4)
Who Controls the Mind?
28(27)
Eternal Dissatisfaction
29(3)
Chaos and Consciousness
32(2)
Why Is Happiness So Elusive?
34(3)
The Limits of Reason
37(5)
The Addiction to Pleasure
42(4)
Stress, Strain, and Hormones
46(6)
Further Thoughts on ``Who Controls the Mind?
52(3)
The Veils of Maya
55(31)
Illusion and Reality
55(8)
The World of the Genes
63(6)
The World of Culture
69(7)
The World of the Self
76(7)
Further Thoughts on ``The Veils of Maya``
83(3)
Predators and Parasites
86(33)
The Forces of Selection
86(3)
Power and Oppression
89(6)
The Exploitation of Women and Children
95(3)
Individual Differences in Power
98(3)
The Transmission of Inequality
101(4)
Parasitic Exploitation
105(2)
The Strategy of Irresponsibility
107(2)
Exploitation Through Mimicry
109(5)
Further Thoughts on ``Predators and Parasites``
114(5)
Memes Versus Genes
119(30)
The Competition of Memes
120(6)
Memes and Addiction
126(5)
Memes and Media
131(5)
The Competition of Ideas
136(3)
Memes and Materialism
139(4)
Further Thoughts on ``Memes versus Genes''
143(6)
PART II THE POWER OF THE FUTURE
Directing Evolution
149(26)
Some Principles of Evolution
150(7)
The Nature of Complexity
157(2)
Morality and Evolution
159(3)
The Control of Population
162(3)
Eumemics: Limiting the Reproduction of Memes
165(4)
Complexity of Consciousness
169(3)
Further Thoughts on ``Directing Evolution''
172(3)
Evolution and Flow
175(32)
The Elements of Flow
179(8)
Why Is Flow Rewarding?
187(5)
The Consequences of Flow
192(5)
What Happens When Flow Is Absent?
197(2)
Flow in Everyday Life
199(5)
Further Thoughts on ``Evolution and Flow''
204(3)
The Transcendent Self
207(45)
What Transcenders Are Like
208(8)
What Is the Self?
216(3)
Evolving Images of the Ideal Self
219(15)
The Development of the Self Through the Life Span
234(3)
Flow and the Growth of the Self
237(1)
The Skills of Spirituality and Wisdom
238(6)
The Challenges of the Future
244(5)
Further Thoughts on ``The Transcendent Self''
249(3)
The Flow of History
252(27)
Flow and the Evolution of Technology
254(4)
Flow and Historical Change
258(8)
The Good Society
266(3)
Creating a Good Society
269(3)
Educating for the Good Society
272(5)
Further Thoughts on ``The Flow of History''
277(2)
A Fellowship of the Future
279(18)
Forging a Fellowship
281(4)
Cells of the Future
285(4)
A Faith of the Future
289(5)
Further Thoughts on ``A Fellowship of the Future''
294(3)
Acknowledgments 297(2)
Notes 299(36)
References 335(16)
Index 351

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