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The Social Contract: A Personal Inquiry into the Evolutionary Sources of Order and Disorder
Atheneum | 262 pages | 1970 | ISBN: 0689103476 | PDF | 1.2 mb
An amazing book full of thoughts about the functioning/malfumctioning of societies.
Great insights showing how the study of animal behavior gives us clues as to why we baheave in certain ways.
Very easy and interesting reading, well researched information. I was curious to see if anyone had read and reviewed "The Social Contract". I began reading Ardrey, Konrad Lorentz, Anthony Storr, and others in the late 60s. My background is physics so I had no preconceived notions that would cause me to reject outright the ideas expressed in the book. The Social Contract was published in 1970 and is one of the most thought-provoking and influential books that I have read. Among other things, Ardrey accurately predicts and explains our defeat in Viet Nam, and explains why housing projects are failures. This book provides a foundation for understanding what we do and why we do it; both the positive and the negative, based upon inherited traits that are common to all social animals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who likes to think.