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Your stepfather ignored you, your husband ran off with his secretary, and the men you date take one look at your kids and lose your phone number. But if you still think 12-step programs and self-help manuals can solve your self-esteem problems, you obviously haven’t read Robert Wright‘s best seller, The Moral Animal. Wright—a kinder, gentler sociobiologist—contends that virtuous (and not-so-virtuous) behavior is rooted in our genes. Evolution, he says, favors compassion, generosity, and gratitude, but it also encourages male infidelity. (That’s right, brothers: We were born to run.) Wright, a senior editor at the New Republic, lectures at 6 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (David Plotz)