Robert Wright Quotes

Why should I know Robert Wright?

American journalist and scientific author in the field of evolutionary psychology, history and religion. Robert Wright also teaches an undergraduate seminar at Princeton University.

Born January 15, 1957

Best 13 Quotes by Robert Wright

“If two people stare at each other for more than a few seconds, it means they are about to either make love or fight. Something similar might be said about human societies. If two nearby societies are in contact for any length of time, they will either trade or fight.”

Robert Wright

"Nonzero" Quotes

“Your brain may give birth to any technology, but other brains will decide whether the technology thrives. The number of possible technologies is infinite, and only a few pass this test of affinity with human nature.”

Robert Wright
Nonzero

"The Evolution of God" Quotes

“There is in the world today a great and mysterious force that shapes the fortunes of millions of people. It is called the stock market.”

Robert Wright
The Evolution of God

"The Moral Animal" Quotes

“For a species low in male parental investment, the basic dynamic of courtship, as we’ve seen, is pretty simple: the male really wants sex; the female isn’t so sure.”

Robert Wright
The Moral Animal

“People may chuckle appreciatively at a male turkey that tries to mate with a poor rendition of a female's [suspended] head, but if you then point out that many a human male regularly gets aroused after looking at two-dimensional representations of a nude woman, they don't see the connection.”

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The Moral Animal

“The sages may have been self-serving, like the rest of us, but that doesn't mean they weren't sages.”

Robert Wright
The Moral Animal

“We are built to be effective animals, not happy ones.”

Robert Wright
The Moral Animal

"Why Buddhism is True" Quotes

“Buddha believed that the less you judge things—including the contents of your mind—the more clearly you’ll see them, and the less deluded you’ll be.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True

“Certainly the prefrontal cortex is an important thing; I’m as proud of mine as the next guy.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True

“I don’t have a hostile disposition toward humankind per se. In fact, I feel quite warmly toward humankind. It’s individual humans I have trouble with.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True

“The conscious self doesn’t create thoughts; it receives them.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True

“This is a reminder that natural selection didn’t design your mind to see the world clearly; it designed your mind to have perceptions and beliefs that would help take care of your genes.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True

“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.”

Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True