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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan S. Miller, Stephen Hoye, Satoshi Kanazawa Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 ten thousand years ago. Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa re-examine 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peppy, sly…Provocative, entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An exuberant, accessible, exhilarating, intellectually aerobic workout of an introduction to the new science of human nature.”

    David P. Barash, author of Madame Bovary’s Ovaries

  • “An absolute gem of a book…I literally couldn’t put it down.”

    David M. Buss, author of Evolutionary Psychology

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anthony | 2/7/2014

    " An interesting read. The answer to pretty much every question in evolutionary psychologists is pretty much that everything that people do is to mate, produce offspring, and have those offspring thrive. I think there is some truth to lots of the examples in the book, but a lot of time it felt like they were just trying to come up with explanations to fit their model, and sometimes they really didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie | 2/1/2014

    " This book might be a bunch of hooey, but there are definitely some thought-provoking ideas here. I would not recommedn this book for people who actually believe everything that they read, but if you like to think, and entertain possibilities, you might enjoy this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kelsey | 1/26/2014

    " This book is utter dribble. In fact the more I think about it, the more it infuriates me because it disguises Western-centric racism as "science". Granted, I think I've questioned the validity of evolutionary psychology since reading Buss in FP, but this book simply served to confrim all my suspicions. It tackles such burning questions as: Why does everyone like blondes best? (it's because blond hair indicates youth, and men seek youth so that they can be sure of finding the most fertile women to make the most babies on.) The book makes a similar argument about blue eyes. You might wonder, as I did, about basis for making such sweeping generaliziations. ALL people EVERYWHERE in the world only want blond, blue-eyed women? What about, I don't know....ENTIRE PORTIONS OF THE WORLD in which people primarily have dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin? Their evidence is so weak, it's infuriating. I had been grading lots of student papers before reading this and, I kid you not, I kept finding myself making comments in the margins like "how can you prove this?" "where is your evidence for this?" "avoid such broad generalizations." Their writing, and especially their analytical skills are worse than my average freshman rhet student, and that's saying something. Only read this book if you like mythological-type stories about the origin of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim Good | 1/20/2014

    " Uses evolutionary psychology to explain why human tendancies evolved the way they did. The premise is that all actions are driven by evolved desires within the human psychy. The authors rightly point out that the purpose of the book is to overstate the effect of genes over environment given that the previous biase has been environment. The problem is that the athors have two assumptions. The first is that all genes evolved soley to provide a better opportunity to propogate and that this is the biological driver behind evolution. I would argue that is primarily true, but not so universally. That chance has a large say in evolution. The other problem is the authors mistake their theories by seeing if the outcome is as predicted, but start with the predictive outcome, therefore any theory works. If they would acknowledge this shortcoming it would add greatly to the book while not diminishing the work. "

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