Thursday October 1, 2020

Sociological tome’s original approach let down by stereotypes

Non-fiction: Move Up: Why Some Cultures Advance While Others Don’t. By Clotaire Rapaille and Andrés Roemer. Allen Lane, €23. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

16th May, 2015
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Move Up attributes Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky to the reptilian part of the human brain. Picture: Getty

The former BBC sports pundit David Icke famously believes that our world is secretly run by a tribe of blood-sucking lizards in human form. According to this ambitious but frustrating book, he may not be entirely wrong.

One of Move Up’s biggest contentions is that our brains are divided between intellectual and reptilian instincts – and as Clotaire Rapaille and Andrés Roemer repeat ad nauseam, “the reptile always wins”.

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