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The Logic of Self-Destruction by Matthew Blakeway (BA 1982)

The Logic of Self-Destruction by Matthew Blakeway (BA 1982)

21 November 2016

Matthew Blakeway takes readers on a journey through the logic of human behaviour, using a series of thought experiments based on everyday situations to reveal how we manipulate our emotions tactically - as individuals, social tribes and societies - and how we confront the consequences.

Why do knowingly act in ways that undermine our own wellbeing, like by loving the wrong person or staying in an unfulfilling job? Why do we find ideologies so compelling? Why are we so convinced that our own deeply-held views are irrefutable?

The Logic of Self-Destruction argues that our emotions are at the heart of our problems, and that if we can see the human brain for what it really is, a robustly logical computing device, we can understand how those emotions are really formed.

Matthew Blakeway's multidisciplinary argument applies a logician's rigour to genetics, linguistics, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology, in order to investigate the unique human ability to affect and suppress emotional behaviour. 

In showing how many problems stem from this - from the British stiff-upper-lip to abusive relationships, from the rise of fundamentalist regimes to the failure of economies - he provides new tools for understanding our motivations and shaping our futures.

Further information

The Logic of Self-Destruction is available to purchase now via Amazon.