The Lucifer Principle

The Lucifer Principle

A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History

Book - 1997
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1997
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780871136640
0871136643
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 128 BLO

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StarGladiator
Mar 09, 2017

This is truly a 50-starred book! Mr. Bloom shows incredible clarity and richness of thought, and lucid reasoning in his presentation of a wide array of knowledge and variables connected together!
Although I believe that historically it is the unique individual really responsible for progress - - who doesn't necessarily abide by his or her genes, but eventually does get destroyed by the group which they are actively helping to jump head - - be it Archimedes' death by a Roman soldier, or the destruction of the Kennedy brothers and Rev. King by control elements within the CIA at the behest of the super-rich.
Overall, I cannot see how one can disagree with the author's conclusions.

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stewstealth
Nov 17, 2015

Have to be careful here as I agree with the author's premise though perhaps not all his conclusions. Well annotated, however the sources seem cherry picked at times. Interesting and worth reading especially after recent events in Paris.

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Persnickety77
Nov 24, 2014

a very interesting book. Bloom posits that 'evil' exists in human nature because we are all part of a social network, and within that network we strive and struggle to attain the highest spot on the totem pole.
he argues this theory very well, but too broadly.
it is definitely worth a read, and it will make you think, but i would like there to be more rigid research into his ideas.

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siklogik
Mar 02, 2011

An uncompromising, soul-chilling look into the evil eye of world history and cultures' struggles for supremacy. Parts of this book are wholly unconvincing, and the author's garish, comically sensationalistic style often distract from the narrative, but on measure it urges informed and critical re-appraisal of any optimist's rosy world view.

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