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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  37 reviews
"...Miközben az emberiség az őt körülvevő természetet vandál módon pusztítja, saját magát is ökológiai katasztrófákkal fenyegeti. Ha már a gazdasági vonzatait is érzi, talán elismeri hibáit, de akkor valószínűleg már túl késő lesz. De arra legalább rá fog jönni, hogy ez a barbár folyamat az ő lelkében micsoda károkat okozott. A természettől való általános, egyre fokozódó e ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published by Egmont Books (UK) (first published 1973)
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lorenz is spot-on regarding the ”sins” of the civilized man: overpopulation, devastation of environment, the man's race against himself, the break with tradition, emotional entropy, indoctrinability, genetic decay and nuclear weapons. They are all linked with each other and most of the problems termed under the famous label "the crisis of the modern world" can be probably traced to one of the "sins" identified by Lorenz. Although the book is very short and readable, I found the author's continuo ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This book, won the Nobel-prize in 1973, the same year as it was written, has some really interesting and inspiring points. It critizises modern society and human behaviour, which still is present in society today. It is also written in a simple language which makes it idealy suited for idealistic and critical thinking adolescents, but can be read by everyone.

However many of the scientific facts in this book are outdated and his (right-wing) political views are represented very strongly.

Jovi Ene
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laureat al Premiul Nobel pentru Fiziologie/Medicină, Konrad Lorenz este unul dintre fondatorii etologiei moderne - știința care se ocupă de studiul comportamentului animalelor și oamenilor.
Despre aceste comportamente și felul în care ele pot influența lumea este vorba și acest eseu, în care el identifică și analizează opt păcate ale omenirii, care pot determina și dispariția ei. Printre ele, suprapopularea, distrugerea naturii, pierderea tradițiilor, conflictele între generații sau bombele nucle
Bob Nichols
Lorenz frames his eight deadly sins argument in the following way: Those “structures and functions” that are adaptive are normal. Behaviors (functions performed by structures?) that either underperform or overperform are “disorders” that he characterizes as pathological. His approach as an ethologist is to ask first, what is the “normal function” of a system and, if “disturbed,” whether it has been caused by an over- or underfunction as part of a system.” These deviations from the adaptive norm ...more
Manuel Alfonseca
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ESPAÑOL: Me gustó el capítulo sobre "Decadencia Genética", donde Lorenz dice cosas bastante parecidas a las que digo yo en mi libro "El Quinto Nivel de la Evolución".

Es curioso cómo Richard Dawkins, Konrad Lorenz, Theodosius Dobzhansky y yo llegamos en los años setenta a conclusiones bastante parecidas sobre la aplicación de la selección natural y la evolución al desarrollo cultural, aunque sea Dawkins quien ha quedado como inventor de la Memética, pues fue él quien ideó esa palabra. Se ve que e
Ivana Futrikaničová
Páči sa mi že knižka má skutočný nadhľad a veľa známych neblahých fenoménov (ochladnutie citov, opovrhovanie staršími, ekológia...) vedela pomenovať z iného uhlu, resp. Ich prepojila s nečakanými príčinami. Autor je biológ a je to cítiť, čo mi miestami vadilo: pri všetkom sa odvolával na naše prastaré kromanonske korene a genetickú výbavu. Ale prave tento pohľad bol občas prekvapivý a svieži. Miestami to zachádzalo do moralizovania, že všetko speje k úpadku a ľudstvo je na tom stále horšie... je ...more
Old Man Aries
Ho già parlato di Konrad Lorenz su queste pagine: una lettura fondamentale per chi abbia interesse nell’etologia, sia essa animale o umana.
Ed è proprio quest’ultima l’argomento centrale di questo libro, un breve ma completo saggio che si concentra su otto aspetti della civiltà così come la conosciamo che ne potrebbero causare (più o meno velocemente) l’annientamento.
Non si tratta di un libro “catastrofico” o allarmista, ma indubbiamente pone l’accento su vari aspetti che a 35 anni di distanza
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pohľad etológa (a nositeľa Nobelovej ceny za fyziológiu alebo medicínu) na západnú civilizáciu a modernú spoločnosť. Veľmi pesimistický a kritický pohľad. Aj keď čitateľ nemusí súhlasiť so všetkými myšlienkami, ktoré autor napísal v roku 1973, určite ho prinútia zamyslieť sa. A to by malo byť podľa mňa cieľom každej dobrej knihy.

"Rostoucí neochota snášet strasti spolu se sníženou lákavostí slasti má za na následek, že lidé ztrácejí schopnosti vkládat nepříjemnou práci do díla, které slibuje sla
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book, while it contains some good ideas, does not read as any kind of well thought out and planned scientific treatise, but rather a collection of personal musings on the state of the world at the time (1973). It was easy to read and agreeable, but I was expecting more profound insights from this thinker, which I found lacking in this work. Most of the arguments are based on personal opinion rather than any concrete facts, and while I agree with much of the sentiment, especially regarding t ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relativně krátká kniha od zakladatele etologie a nositele Nobelovy ceny za fyziologii a medicínu - Konrada Lorenze. Pojednání vznikla za studené války a jsou to úvahy hodně kritické a pesimistické k naší společnosti. Rozhodně vybízí k zamyšlení a nepochybuji, že z části je stále aktuální. Doporučila bych všem.
Attila Szabo
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The author lists the 8 deadly sins which he thinks contributes to the fall of the humankind.

- Overpopulation
- Crimes against nature
- Obsessive technological development
- Emotional atrophy
- Genetic decay
- Ruptured traditions,
- Indoctrination / propaganda
- Nuclear weaponry.

The author brings some examples from the etology and biology to explain the reasons behind the sins.

I missed the actionable parts from the book, while the reflection on the current or past situation is informative I'm also looki
Paolo Bagnato
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucidissimo. Lo consiglio a tutti
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
Ci possono essere due spiegazioni per un libro piccolo e di poche pagine come questo. O l'autore aveva poco o nulla da dire oppure aveva troppo da dire! Sicuramente in questo caso si tratta della seconda spiegazione. In questo capolavoro il padre dell'etologia, premio Nobel per la medicina, analizza con fredda lucidità la situazione della nostra società evidenziando le innumerevoli criticità che potrebbero portarci al collasso. In un mondo in cui si crede che l'istinto umano debba essere control ...more
Igor Tsinman
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Конрад Лоренц - австрийский учёный, лауреат Нобелевской премии по физиологии и медицине за 1973 год — основоположник этологии.

Книга отличная (!) - написана просто и убедительно. Я прочел "Восемь смертных грехов цивилизованного человечества" буквально за один вечер.

Вот список вопросов, которые поднимает Лоренц:
Глава 1. Структурные свойства и нарушения функций живых систем.
Глава 2. Перенаселение.
Глава 3. Опустошение жизненного пространства.
Глава 4. Бег наперегонки с самим собой.
Rebecca Mari-Mohl
Asta e din ciclul "cărțile te fac neprost". :)) Konrad Lorenz nu doar scrie ci ne servește o doză crescută de educație, cultură și știință.

Senzația pe care eu o am după ce parcurg o carte din asta este că brusc sunt mai deșteaptă. :)) Adevărat că limbajul este unul de specialitate, destul de greu de urmărit, dar da, e altceva. Culmea, scrisă prin '70, atât de actuală. Viziunea lui asupra viitorului cu aplicabilitate metronomică... Asta face știința și reprezentanții ei. Nu dau greș nici măcar î
Cristina Turcanu
,,Una din cele mai rele consecințe ale agitației sau poate ale fricii care produce nemijlocit agitație e incapacitatea oamenilor moderni de a sta fie și numai un timp scurt singuri cu ei înșiși. Ei evită orice posibilitate de autoreflecție
și meditație cu o consecvență plină de frică, de parcă s-ar teme ca nu cumva reflecțiile sa-i pună în fața unui autoportret înfiorător, asemănător cu cel pe care Oscar Wilde îl descrie în clasicul său roman de groază The Picture of Dorian Gray.,,
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Поразительно, как за 20-30 лет поменялся и сам мир, и его восприятие. Хотя не исключено, что старые проблемы (например, тот же молодежный бунт) вернутся в новом качестве. А может именно они привели к возникновению новых феноменов нашего времени - того же слияния поколений в социальной и профессиональной сфере?
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Интересно и есть над чем поразмышлять: с чем-то поспорить, а с чем-то и согласиться. Удивительно, что описанные "грехи" с годами не только не теряют своей актуальности, но довольно стабильно остаются с человечеством... Возможно даже растут, но тут уж надо смотреть статистику:) ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Грустно, но поучительно видеть, что многие вещи, которые так бесят сегодня, были очевидны еще в семидесятых.
Varapanyo Bhikkhu
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kerry Bolton:

Konrad Lorenz, the father of the science of ethology, the study of animal instinct, gave a warning from an ecological viewpoint, that the abandonment of customs and traditions is steeped with dangers which are likely to be unforeseen. Culture is “cumulative tradition”. It is knowledge passed through generations, preserved as belief or custom. The deep wisdom accrued by our ancestors, because it might be wrapped in the protection of religions and myths, is discounted by the “modern”
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Konrad Lorenz reușeste să surprindă destul de bine probleme cu care omenirea se confruntă și care sunt într-o oarecare măsură așa cum le-a prezis acesta acum mai bine de 50 de ani când a publicat cartea. Faptul că în ciuda surselor de informare mult reduse față de cele pe care le avem noi reușește să observe caracterul de dezvoltare al Statelor Unite ale Americii dar totodată al Europei arată că probleme de fond cu care ne confruntăm își au începutul mult mai devreme decât credeam și că va dura ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociologie
,,Credinţa eronată că doar ceea ce poate fi înţeles pe cale raţională ori, mai mult, doar ceea ce poate fi dovedit în mod ştiinţific ar face parte din tezaurul stabil de cunoştinţe al omenirii duce la consecinţe nefaste. „Iluminat ştiinţific", tineretul ajunge să nesocotească nepreţuita comoară conţinută în tradiţiile oricărei culturi vechi, precum şi în învăţăturile marilor religii ale lumii.
Cel care crede că toate acestea sunt lipsite de orice valoare cade totodată într-o altă greşeală nu mai
Ioana Ioana
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luminary, essays
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Mariann Komlós
This book is amazing, and be honest - truly frightening. It was written in the 70s, and every single world of the author is more true now, in this brave new world of the 21st century.. He did not know the answers now, and we do not know them yet, but this book is one from many that more and more people should read and more importantly think about the ideas and theories in it. And the main point is on the thinking part..
Constantin C.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opinia eronată că omul ar putea isca din neant în mod calculat și rațional o nouă cultură, (...), duce la concluzia total greșită că soluția cea mai bună ar fi distrugerea totală a culturii părinților spre a face loc unei reconstrucții „creative“. Cine se gîndește în mod serios la aceasta va trebui însă să se întoarcă la omul precromagnon! (p. 84)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jeder sollte dieses Buch lesen.
Nic  Grosan
Very good, appreciate 🙏
Christopher Byram
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I discovered this book from a video uploaded by the YouTube channel Way Of The World, who says that it is extraordinary accurate in pinpointing the decline of the West.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: got
This book was published in 1973, yet most of its remarks about society and technological advance are still spot on. Kind of weird that it is not that widely praised. Highly recommended.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. He is often regarded as one of the founders of modern ethology, developing an approach that began with an earlier generation, including his teacher Oskar Heinroth.
Lorenz studied instinctive behavior in animals, espec

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