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The Worm at the Core Audiobook
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The Worm at the Core Audiobook



by Jeff Greenberg

  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Release date: 05-12-15
  • Language: English

More than 100 years ago, the American philosopher William James wrote that the knowledge that we must die is “the worm at the core” of the human condition – a universally shared fear that informs all our thoughts and actions, from the great art we create to the devastating wars we wage. Using data collected from human subjects, Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski show conclusively that the fear of death and the desire to transcend it inspire us to buy expensive cars, crave fame, put our health at risk, and disguise our animal nature. The fear of death can also prompt judges to dole out harsher punishments, make children react negatively to people different from themselves, and inflame intolerance and violence. But the worm at the core need not consume us.

This audiobook also reveals how human beings have come to terms with death and learned to lead lives of courage, creativity, and compassion. It infuses our lives with order, stability, significance, and purpose, and these anchors enable us to function moment to moment without becoming overwhelmed by the knowledge of our ultimate fate.

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Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon, Tom Pyszczynski




8 hrs and 20 mins

Narrated by

John Pruden

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