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Humankind: A Hopeful History af Rutger…

Humankind: A Hopeful History (2019)

af Rutger Bregman (Forfatter)

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Titel:Humankind: A Hopeful History
Forfattere:Rutger Bregman (Forfatter)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2020), 455 pages
Samlinger:In Kobo Library
Nøgleord:Non-Fiction, History, Social & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology

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Humankind: A Hopeful History af Rutger Bregman (2019)



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Na 100 blz (het boek heeft meer dan 500 blz.) had ik zo iets van "Je hebt je punt nu wel gemaakt. Ik hoef niet nog 400 blz. met voorbeelden." Misschien om het sowieso mijn mensbeeld is? ( )
  ArtieVeerle | Feb 12, 2021 |
So excited for this. I love Rutger Bregman (✿◠‿◠)
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book - or collection of essays if you wish - by Bregman. I am very happy to have some of my misconceptions in social psychology set right (the shock-experiment, the Stanford prison experiment, the murder of Kitty Genovese, etc...). It was also refreshing to see somebody bluntly oppose great thinkers like Pinker and Gladwell and join the "new realism"-ranks of Harari. I found this new history of mankind very compelling and interesting to read.

However, I also agree with most of the criticism online: sometimes the author's writing betrays a pedantic desire to have an exclusive right to the truth, and from time to time he even reverts to fallacies he elsewhere condemns. I also found the very large font size, big margins and huge chapter headings in this edition and the sensationalist style overall somewhat negatively impact my taking his obviously hard work seriously.

Still, he has me convinced that people indeed are inherently good and the subtitle "a new history of mankind" is not exaggerated for this book. ( )
  bbbart | Dec 27, 2020 |
De mens is een beest, zeiden de koningen. Een zondaar, zeiden de priesters. Een egoïst, zeiden de boekhouders. Al eeuwen is de westerse cultuur doordrongen van het geloof in de verdorvenheid van de mens.
Maar wat als we het al die tijd mis hadden?
In dit boek verweeft Rutger Bregman de jongste inzichten uit de psychologie, de economie, de biologie en de archeologie. Hij neemt ons mee op een reis door de geschiedenis en geeft nieuwe antwoorden op oude vragen. Waarom veroverde juist onze soort de aarde? Hoe verklaren we onze grootste misdaden? En zijn we diep vanbinnen geneigd tot het kwade of het goede?
Adembenemend, weids en revolutionair – De meeste mensen deugen herschrijft niet alleen de geschiedenis, maar werpt ook nieuw licht op onze toekomst.
  aitastaes | Dec 17, 2020 |
We're all familiar with the notion of a placebo. We all know how powerful placebos can be, but it's perhaps rarer to recognise the power of noceboes. In 'Humankind', Rutger Bregman is determined to disabuse us of one particularly devastating nocebo, 'veneer theory'. This is the widely accepted idea that our civil natures are only skin deep, papering over our "true" selfish, manipulative, deeper selves.

What if, Bregman argues, we are mistaken about our fundamental nature? What if Machiavelli was wrong, and in believing other people are selfish, we create the unkind world we perceive? Of course, if this is true - and Bregman is convinced of it - then the answer is simple: we need to adjust our perception of humankind to credit humans with, well, kindness.

-- What's it about? --

See above. Are we fundamentally selfish or cooperative as a species? How does our perception of humanity's nature affect our daily reality, including the laws governments use to control us?

Bregman examines commonly held exemplars and "proofs" of veneer theory and exposes the flawed beliefs and inaccurate information that such conclusions rest upon. Instead, he concludes that 'Kindness is catching. And it's so contagious that it even infects people who merely see it from afar.'

-- What's it like? --

Utterly fascinating. Deeply appealing. Potentially revolutionary. If Bregman is right - and I believe he is - then we hold the power to affect radical change in our communities, simply by changing the filter through which we see the world and acting accordingly at all levels, from the individual through to local and national government.

Whether he's debunking the theory behind Britain's blitz in 1940 or exploring what really happened when a young group of boys was marooned on a desert island, I was perpetually fascinated by the gap between public perception and reality. It turns out, being a realist is not the same as being a pessimist, and even terrorists benefit from your willingness to understand that under a weight of differences, you are both human.

-- Final thoughts --

Having studied psychology a little at school, I was particularly intrigued by Bregman's critical evaluations of certain famous psychological studies: Kitty Genovese and the bystander effect, Stanley Milgram's shock experiments and Zimbardo's prison experiment. Short version: the narrative surrounding them was fatally flawed and they don't prove what everyone believes they proved. The full details surrounding the manipulation of each scenario are shocking, but perhaps not as surprising as what happens if you drink tea with terrorists...

I feel like this should probably be required reading for everyone. It's a genuinely hopeful book that explores human history to arrive at a conclusion that surely connects with our deepest conviction - that we, ourselves, are good people. If we are fundamentally good natured, why do we persist in doubting that everyone else is? Maybe it's time to reject veneer theory once and for all. ( )
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