David Brooks's new book makes bold claims that the 'scientific revolution' will humanise our culture.

This article titled “The Social Animal and the science of human nature” was written by Madeleine Bunting, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 4th May 2011 10.30 UTC

There is a buzz building around the American journalist David Brooks's new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement. Brooks has a track record of spotting trends, labelling them and telling a good yarn in the process. This time, he is on to something much more ambitious and it seems everyone is gagging for it. When he arrives in the UK in two weeks' time, there's a No 10 seminar, as well as meetings with opposition politicians. Reportedly several cabinet ministers are already enthusiasts of the book. His Ted talk in March went down a storm.

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