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The Lucifer Principle

A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
Written by: Howard Bloom
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that "evil" is a by-product of nature's strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. Though this argument is not a new one - it has been brought forth by such great historical figures as St. Paul, Thomas Hobbes, and Raymond Dart - Howard Bloom here takes fresh data from a variety of sources and shapes it into a lens through which listeners can reinterpret the human experience.

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amazing, extraordinary, brilliant

amazing content very well written, extraordinary ideas which bring clarity, brilliant narration which sounds convincing.

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  • Shane Bennett
  • 11-02-16

Deep insights into who we really are

Bloom always delivers. His insights give identity to the human race and reveals why we do what we do. Fascinating!

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  • Janeth H
  • 13-07-16

Incredible analysis about humans

This book is so complete by integrating different specialties all together, making an only but complex principle that could explain humans behavior. The performance was natural and let me be captivated by the content. Thank you for making this book available.

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  • Kyle
  • 14-04-16

A most profound assessment of society...

I would say as grim at times this book can be at times; it was a refreshing look at the way we look at the concept of society. A must read...or a must listen.

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  • Mr. T
  • 23-09-19

A  patchwork of ideas that didn't took me anywhere

Some arguments are perfectly sound but I didn't understood where I was at the end of my intelectual journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

Prescient

although the book itself isn't a new publication, its subject matter is as timely as this morning's news.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-19

first book I ever downloaded...

This is about the sixth time listening to this book. It will go down as one of my favorite books Ever!

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  • JVG
  • 30-04-19

A Fresh Perspective on "Known" Information

Will stretch your imagination--- and sometimes credibility--- but a must read for any trying to unravel this thing.

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  • angel
  • 17-04-19

Everyone

My mind has opened up. This book is incredibly informative interesting and really cool. I recommend EVERYONE read or listen to Mr. Blooms book. My view of the world has changed. Can’t wait to read again. Awesome

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  • Tim Sharp
  • 19-01-19

A frightfully learned man

I once heard a man describe Howard Blum as "a frightfully learned man" as he touched upon how the writings of Blum related to the Gnostic religion of early Christianity. I would have much preferred that Howard Blum had written this book, and I was confused about the authors. Howard Bloom however argues his ideas from a wealth of knowledge that is far reaching in many of the disciplines, and he is impressive in his own right.
Yet I find myself in philosophical disagreement with the basis for this book. I do not find fault with the 5 principals that form the basis of the Lucifer Principal, but I do find them insufficient to fully understand the human being.
I kind of expected Bloom to recognize that good and evil are the poles on a plane of existence and thus of the same essence. And yet he spends an inordinate time using the malign side of the animal, insect and human existence to make his points that evil is hard baked into the human experience, and almost unilaterally responsible for the formation of the human psyche. Yet Bloom seems to deny that the opposite pole is also hard wired into into our psyches. Perhaps the proclivity in Mankind toward goodness might be called in Blooms parlance The Christ Principal. Regardless, it deserves consideration.
I started out enthusiastically absorbing the 5 principals and learning the biological make up of our brains (reptilian, animal, and an outer layer of Homo-sapien) but I became mired in a myriad of comparisons of insect, animal,and primate behaviors that supposedly proved the evils of our nature. These chapters seemed to imply that the reptilian and animal parts of our brains overpower the Human side, and are responsible for our compulsive and destructive nature. I became particularly disillusioned as he prescribed in an entire chapter the evil nature of Islam based solely on the Ayatolla Khomeni of Iran. Completely disregarding the many peaceful acolytes of the Islamic tradition. And at the same time he disregarded the barbarity of the Crusaders of Christianity.
By the last chapter he was once again espousing the 5 principals and back on more solid ground.

In short, I think it is easy to argue only one side of a point, but when arguing that man by nature is over-archingly shaped and ruled by the Lucifer Principal, the philosophical trap is unavoidable: What about the benevolent nature of Mankind?

In truth, I found little satisfying insight into the eternal struggle between good and evil in this book, and yet the scientific knowledge about insects and animals and primates was interesting.
This book is well written, but only half way argued, and in that way somewhat disappointing.

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  • Justin O'Brien
  • 19-12-18

very interesting

this book has reshaped my perspective of history and has given a lot of reasonable context of the behaviors of man throughout history.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-19

Nice provocation

Lucifer Principle weaves a well-written and compelling narrative that is bound to shock the reader out of her ideological stupour. This style provides a healthy immunization against some of the illusions and self-deceptions that we all, by nature and education, live under. Thus broken free from dogmas, Bloom jolts the reader to freely exploring the link between dominance hierarchies, violence, genes, memes, and social groups. The very same passion that cures cancer often amplifies our self-righteousness into a blinding plea for world domination.

The book is well-researched and contains numerous fascinating and illustrative stories from history. At the same time, it suffers from a selective exposition of facts presented with a strong interpretative slant. I did not like the anti-Islamic rants that went on for way too long. And I did not like the many dubious empirical generalisations that appeared one-sided and based on anecdotal evidence. I concur with David S. Wilson's estimation, in the foreword, that Bloom has a tendency to exaggerate.

However, Bloom's cynical and pessimistic lens magnifies humanity's dark side in a way that is illuminating. It is illuminating not only of our capacity for evil, but also of the capacity for goodness and excellence in the same human organism. The takeaway lesson, if there is one, is therefore ambivalent. The pitfalls of the Lucifer Principle are ever present in our struggle to self-transcend our animal nature. And yet continually self-transcend we must. To reach for the stars and to perpetuate evolution is a bloody, violent, stressful affair, but without it we face the heat death of the universe. Bloom shows us how we can break free from entropy without succumbing to the worst conquering and genocidal illusions that humanity possesses.

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  • kaisbadran
  • 03-11-15

Good read

Well it is not the most accurate but a real good mix of ideas and views

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  • Craig Pywell
  • 21-01-19

A piece of the puzzle.<br />

Can humanity overcome the urge to violence? Is it inherent in us, as it seems to be in nature? Are we really just animals?

Howard Bloom has written a significant book that displays tremendous learning and a prodigious mind. It is certainly a piece in the human puzzle.