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Bozo Sapiens by Michael Kaplan
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May 06, 2009

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bookshelves: first_reads, nature-science

This book is not the easy layman's romp through evolutionary and social psychology that its cover promises it to be- Bozo Sapiens is cluttered with obscure references to philosophy, history, and literature, which only tangentially enrich the arguments they are intended to support. I think the Kaplans tried to cover too many topics using too many examples- I personally would have preferred a book that investigated these issues in a more vertical than horizontal manner.

That being said..... Bozo Sapiens is chock-full of interesting tidbits and theories on why people make such inane, and often dangerous, mistakes. The book seemed to grow more cohesive as I read on (and learned how to parse the ornamental anecdotes from the expository meat) and when I reached the final page, I was actually sad to see the end of it.
I'm thinking my rating might improve with a second reading...


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May 6, 2009 – Shelved
May 6, 2009 – Shelved as: first_reads
May 13, 2009 –
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May 27, 2009 – Finished Reading
November 6, 2009 – Shelved as: nature-science

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