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Why beautiful people have more daughters (2007)

av Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa

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249781,389 (3.5)Ingen/inga
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.… (mer)
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I checked this out from the library b/c I was intrigued by the title. (Good job naming this book.) It is written by evolutionary psychologists so that gives you an idea of where it's going. It was somewhat thought-provoking and fascinating but also silly. The main idea is that we are driven by impulses in our genetic makeup and that b/c of the "Savanna Principal" we don't know what to do with situations that did not exist in the ancestral environment. ( )
  dallasmomma | Jul 13, 2019 |
This book in many ways was unsatisfactory. After mentioning that too many social scientists are environmental determinists, he then sets up the sex drive as being the prime determinant for nearly every action humans do. The book is set up in a fashion where the authros puts forth a question that we might want answered and then contrives an answer, which may or not ring true. ( )
  vpfluke | Jul 5, 2011 |
although there were a couple of ideas there that were interesting, and quite logically explained, I somehow could not get really excited them, for the following reason: someone else mentioned here in the reviews that they did not appreciate the continuous we (evolutionary) vs. them (standard) fight - I could not agree more. it seemed like a desperate battle to distinguish (i.e. define) the evolutionary psychology from everyone else..., whereas this certainly can all be true, it was irrelevant, and therefore,to put it mildly, distracting. ( )
  flydodofly | Jun 13, 2011 |
Nice and provocative overview of evolutionary psychology. Lite on method, but kept enough detail to feel credible. Some of the more memorable messages for me were, human universals and the presumptions of the Standard Social Science Model. Not that this work is dated in any way, but I could see a publication effort modeled on this books chapters examining various topical issues or media coverage. ( )
  jgrann | Jul 25, 2010 |
This was a very silly book. Lots of footnotes, but the author (only one of the co-authors actually wrote it) would have done well to study a bit of formal logic to avoid some really basic errors in the cause-and-effect relationship.

For one thing, just because 2 things are statistically related does not imply causality at all, let along a particular one. "A" might cause "B"; "B" might cause "A"; both might be caused by "C", etc. Jumping from relationship to a specific causality was done consistently throughout the book.

And that's ignoring the circular arguments. The best one here was why women earn less money than men, even when doing the same work. Our author says that there is no such thing as sexual discrimination in this- rather, women and men are paid fairly because women lack the motivation men do in pursuing their careers, and thus deserve less pay. And how do we know this? Why, because women earn less! That proves it!

Also, just because one very specific example of evolutionary psychology turned out to be actually falsifiable, He then concludes triumphantly that this proves that EP itself is falsifiable! That was, though, the only such example in the book; I cannot see any way to prove most of the conclusions one way or another- although I suspect that picking and choosing the data one uses is not a good way to start.

Not recommended. ( )
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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.

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