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Today's Big Idea: Evolutionary Living

The Big Idea for Friday, November 16, 2012

James Bond is not a real person. He is a fictional character. And yet, there are plenty of James Bonds out there in the real world, and they have some pretty nasty personality traits in common -- the dark triad, as the condition is referred to in psychological literature. 

Studies have shown that these seemingly socially unacceptable traits -- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy --  can be used to great advantage by a James Bond type, who operates according to a ruthless evolutionary logic. 

James Bond is successful with women, after all, because of, not in spite of these traits, which "send the female pulse racing."

Perspectives

  1. 1 James Bond's Guide to Seduction
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Painting the Real Face of Bond, James Bond
    Bob Duggan Picture This
  3. 3 Leaders Are More Likely To Be Sociopaths
    Paul Lawrence
  4. 4 Michael Gazzaniga: The Criminal Brain
    Michael S. Gazzaniga
 

Today's Big Idea: Evolution...

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