Homo sapiens sans la cité
Why do humans remember a face they met fifty years ago, but forget to pay their bills on time? Why can't we reduce CO emissions into the atmosphere, when we are all concerned about the survival of the planet? In spite of ourselves, our inner contradictions slow down the change of our behaviors for the common good. These deviations from the perfect citizen are the result of the extremely efficient adaptation of humans to their environment.
This book explains how evolution has conditioned our psychology, our relationship to decision and action. The challenge of this book is not to modify human nature, but to conceive a public action that fully integrates the real functioning of cognition in the service of a greater autonomy of each person. Illustrated by concrete examples of experiments in France and abroad, this book shows how the behavioral sciences can redefine public action in depth to bring about changes in our ways of acting.