Cover: Impulse: Why We Do What We Do Without Knowing Why We Do It, from Harvard University PressCover: Impulse in HARDCOVER


Why We Do What We Do Without Knowing Why We Do It

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674725492

Publication Date: 10/01/2013


336 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

17 halftones, 1 table

Belknap Press

Not for sale in the UK, Commonwealth, Europe, and the Indian Subcontinent

Lewis…examines the role impulses play in falling in love, overeating, and spending, as well as violent and destructive behavior. His conclusions are sobering: most decisions are subliminal, self-control is influenced by outside factors such as genetics, and free will is an illusion necessary to maintain social order… Overall, a fascinating, readable explanation of scientific research on impulses and consciousness.—Lucille M. Boone, Library Journal

An illuminating guide through the infamously disordered, oft-unwelcomed realm of impulse. In a society that values free will, we rarely think our actions are inherently uncontrollable… This book’s readable balance of information and anecdote is sure to provide especially impulsive readers with a necessary moment of reflection.Publishers Weekly

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