By Robert Wright
#9317 Robert Wright famously explained in an earlier book how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.
But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? For Wright, the answer lies in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly – and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.
In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this book combines evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy.
336 pages. Hardcover. 2017. $17.00. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $155.95; 100 copies for $1,395.00.