Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire---Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do

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Publisher Description

A lively and provocative look at how evolution shapes our behavior and our lives.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions.

With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study-one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.

Every time we fall in love, fight with our spouse, enjoy watching a favorite TV show, or feel scared walking alone at night, we are in part behaving as a human animal with its own unique nature-a nature that essentially stopped evolving 10,000 years ago. Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa reexamine some of the most popular and controversial topics of modern life and shed a whole new light on why we do the things we do.

Beware: You may never look at human nature the same way again.

Stephen Hoye
hr min
November 15
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

orchidguy ,

Very thought provoking.

My first thought here is if you don't believe in evolution in some form this book is over your head.

In the first few chapters it is premised that no human evolution has accrued in the past 10,000 years; which could be assumed and does not interfere with the main ideas of the book but it is wrong as alcohol (ethanol) detox, tooth shape and lactose digestion in adults have taken place in the last 10,000 years and more recently it was discovered that the Tibetans evolved to the high elevations in less then 3000 years.
In any diverse population there is a diversity of characteristics and if those are controlled by a number of genes then there should be more or less a normal curve when graphed; if the persons with negative features shows (as a bad combination from the random shuffling of genes) in each generation and their reproduction is then reduced vs the mean, eventually those genes will be removed from the population in the long run but also in the short run (with each generation). I would argue that in each generation selection is taking place and long term this equals evolution; which again does not invalidate the book above.

Otherwise the book makes some very good points, one of which is why can't people be looked at they way we study animals, animals do also have good and bad points.

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