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Mean Genes - by Terry Burnham & Jay Phelan (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 297

Genre: Self Improvement

Sub-Genre: General

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

Age Range: Teen

Author: Terry Burnham & Jay Phelan

Language: English

Street Date: October 2, 2012
TCIN: 77263330
UPC: 9780465031245
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1763


Why do we want--and why do we do--so many things that are bad for us? And how can we stop? In Mean Genes economist Terry Burnham and biologist Jay Phelan offer advice on how to conquer our own worst enemy--our survival-minded genes. Having evolved in a time of scarcity, when our ancestors struggled to survive in the wild, our genes are poorly adapted to the convenience of modern society. They compel us to overeat, spend our whole paycheck, and cheat on our spouses. But knowing how they work, Burnham and Phelan show that we can trick these "mean genes" into submission and cultivate behaviors that will help us lead better lives. A lively, humorous guide to our evolutionary heritage, Mean Genes illuminates how we can use an understanding of our biology to beat our instincts--before they beat us.
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