Now arrives the prolific science writer Richard Robinson, who approaches the subject with an evolutionary biologist's eye. His main point is an intriguing one. As human beings we are used to thinking we are the pinnacle of the evolutionary tree, the cream of the crop - but in so many ways our behaviour patterns mirror those of so-called 'lesser' animals. . . This book is brief, pithy, inventive and, in an odd way, rather reassuring. He sees patterns in the madness of office life where we just see madness. Markus Berkmann Daily Mail 20140424
Über den Autor
Richard Robinson is the author of 10 books of popular science including the Science Magic series (Oxford University Press) which was shortlisted for the Aventis Science Prize. He works full-time as a science presenter, and is regularly invited to perform demonstrations around the world at science festivals, universities and schools. He has performed at festivals ranging from the Edinburgh Science Festival to the Korean Science Festival, and lectured at universities ranging from the UK to the Ukraine. He holds a BSc in psychology.
Illustrator Kate Charlesworth has drawn regularly for New Scientist and has illustrated a wide variety of publications including The Cartoon History of Time.
Deep down, we're just like animals; part selfish ape, part chaotic ant
But how do the two elements clash and come together in 'antagonistic harmony'? My Manager and other Animals examines the evolutionary psychology of work and the complex and fascinating tactics and instincts that we have developed to deal with working life.
The idea of the selfish gene encouraged a focus on the 'selfish' side of evolution, and the assumption that we should 'go ape', and be ego-driven, aggressive and competitive. More recently, astounding discoveries in human and animal behaviour have shown that, in all animals, cooperation and altruism is more common than we think and more useful than we could imagine.
At various times we behave like gift-giving spiders, co-operative bees, vain peacocks, and even altruistic elephants. In particular it seems we all contain an inner ape and an inner ant, and that both are important. Cooperation without leadership is random, leadership without cooperation is slavery. When these two collide, the result is the weird and wonderful world of work and life.
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