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The ideas that rule us

"A well-researched, thought-provoking reconsideration of society’s sacred cows."

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KIRKUS Reviews

In this book, Nathan J. Murphy takes you through the whole remit of ideas: what they are, where they come from, and where they take us. We look at the ideas that we hold, consciously and subconsciously, and how they form who we are and what we become. We examine how to break down these ideas and how to free ourselves from the grip of ideas contrary to our, or our societies’ interests.


By necessity, he digs into the fields of behavioural and evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, neuroscience, history, and philosophy. Using this aggregation of billions of hours of scientific research, we examine the building blocks of human morality and how these impact everything from our relationships to our societies.


The book finishes with a set of practical considerations that connect everything into useful and actionable points to help us live our lives with more freedom and a greater ability to determine our own future.

The Ideas That Rule Us is essential reading for:

  • People who want to understand how the ideas of their social environment have impacted who they are and the decisions they make (and what they can do about it).

  • Activists and campaigners who want to better grasp how to approach changing the ideas of their society.

  • Political actors who want to understand what underlies political expression and how they can leverage it.

Book information:
Title: The Ideas That Rule Us
Author: Nathan J Murphy

ISBN (Print): 978-1-0686110-0-1
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-0686110-1-8

Pages: 306

Published by: Prepolitica

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