Thursday, January 15, 2009

Healing the Unhappy Caveman: a brief review

I attempted to post a the following review of Chris Wilson's Healing the Unhappy Caveman on Amazon, but it's not yet appeared. So, in the meantime, I'll post it here. (You’ll recall that Chris is an old blog buddy.)

This is, without question, a thinking person’s book. The subject matter ranges from the philosophical (reason, the nature of truth, and applied ethics) to the scientific (evolution, cognitive science, and evolutionary psychology), but also stands as a species of self-help manual—one of the smartest you’re likely to find—written in an eminently readable style that’s reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell.

The book is divided into two parts. Part One explores the evolutionary origins of the mind, as well as wading into the philosophical depths of reason and truth. It prescribes the use of reason to find what Wilson calls ‘the center line of truth’ by way of ‘critical rationalism’. Part Two is more practical and prescribes a reality-based ethic to serve as the foundation of happiness for a caveman—albeit an enlightened caveman—who finds himself in a modern environment, where survival is all but assured.

Don't wait...get your copy today!

Update: My review finally appeared...along with the others. Go check ‘em out.