Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Homo Prospectus” as Want to Read:
Homo Prospectus
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Homo Prospectus

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Our species is misnamed. Though sapiens defines human beings as "wise" what humans do especially well is to prospect the future. We are homo prospectus. In this book, Martin E. P. Seligman, Peter Railton, Roy F. Baumeister, and Chandra Sripada argue it is anticipating and evaluating future possibilities for the guidance of thought and action that is the cornerstone of huma ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 13th 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Homo Prospectus, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Homo Prospectus

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.27  · 
Rating details
 ·  48 ratings  ·  3 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Homo Prospectus
Devon
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fascinating study of the human mind and behaviors. The authors dive into very compelling arguments detailing how our brains function as prospective machines, showing how dated the psychological studies focusing on the past and present really are (though still important in their own right). I highly recommend this read to anyone who is even slightly interested in psychology and philosophy. My hope is that this field opens up so we can dig deeper into this theory and gain a b ...more
Hom Sack
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Informative and forward looking. This new field of Prospective Psychology looks promising. ...more
Mattyk
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Due back at library so had to read it too fast.
David Place
rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2018
Milton Regan
rated it it was amazing
Jun 04, 2017
Xclone
rated it really liked it
Oct 12, 2018
Parcalabu Laurentiu
rated it really liked it
Sep 19, 2016
Don Simborg
rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2018
Ragamayee Petlu
rated it liked it
Aug 14, 2020
Joseph
rated it really liked it
Jun 09, 2017
Kari
rated it liked it
Jan 12, 2020
Andrei Ungureanu
rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2018
Henry Edwards
rated it it was amazing
Nov 01, 2019
Rafael
rated it liked it
Feb 14, 2019
Steve Ramsey
rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2020
Shwetha kenchappa
rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2020
Laura
rated it it was amazing
Sep 11, 2018
Dan Ryan
rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2017
Daria Malecha
rated it it was amazing
Mar 06, 2018
William G. Niver
rated it it was amazing
Jul 13, 2016
Jaclyn
rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2019
Rabbi Darren Levine
rated it it was amazing
Sep 10, 2019
Renginur
rated it it was amazing
Mar 15, 2017
Cainã Coutinho
rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2017
Wesley Fleure
rated it liked it
Mar 22, 2020
Mag
rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2019
Zeqiong Huang
rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2020
Lynne
rated it really liked it
Jul 24, 2017
Justin
rated it it was amazing
Jan 17, 2019
Massimo
rated it it was amazing
Feb 08, 2019
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Free Will
  • Causation: A Very Short Introduction
  • The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
  • Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being
  • The Maladapted Mind: Classic Readings in Evolutionary Psychopathology
  • Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions
  • Complexity: A Guided Tour
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • Stumbling on Happiness
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • The Conquest of Happiness
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
  • Hedge: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age
  • On the Self-Regulation of Behavior
  • On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
  • Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
  • Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
  • Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers
See similar books…
Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology. He was previously the Director of the Clinical Training Program in the department. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the widest margin in its history and served in that capacity during the 1998 term.[4] He is the founding editor-in-chief ...more

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
5 likes · 4 comments
“Expectation always introduces an element of bias, because it anticipates outcomes without waiting to see what actually happens. However, if expectations are consistently modified in the face of experience in a (*)-like or Bayesian manner, then over time, the influence of initial expectations will tend to diminish as new experiences “tune” expectations to actual frequencies through the reduction of prediction error. As experience grows in magnitude and diversity, Bayesians point out, initial expectations tend to “wash out,” and individuals who began from different starting assumptions, but encountered similar experience, will tend to converge in their expectations. And importantly, they will tend to converge on the actual “natural statistics” of their environment” 1 likes
More quotes…