Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World (Google eBook)

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UPNE, 2011 - Science - 322 pages
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Why are we all getting fatter? Why are we fascinated by pop music and celebrities? Is there any hope of curbing population growth and rampant consumerism, and the environmental devastation they wreak? Evolutionary scientist Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty-first-century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economics. Natural selection might be "the most important idea anybody ever had," but evolution remains the poor relation of economics and social theory when it comes to understanding human affairs. This book shows how evolution can help us understand human history, our radically changing environment, and the lives people lead today.
Rob Brooks examines the many issues facing our world and introduces key principles of evolutionary biology as a lens through which to view how and why we've gotten to where we are, and how to leverage the mechanism of adaptation and change. Throughout, he includes fascinating illustrations from the natural world and from human prehistory and history. Just as Freakonomics revealed "the hidden side of everything," Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll reveals how evolution and ecology interact to explain the most important and interesting problems faced by modern civilization.
  

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Review: Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

Brooks does an excellent job explaining the concept of natural selection in the context of contemporary music culture and human sexual behavior. A very accessible and humorous read; this would be a great choice for a non-majors general biology class! Read full review

Review: Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

I found this book underwhelming. I was hoping to have more of the theories to be backed up with studies. It appeared that most of the theories promoted in this book were created by following the logic ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Weight of our Ancestry
17
2 Obesity is Not for Everyone
38
3 Weapons of Massive Consumption
58
4 Dwindling Fertility
78
5 Shakespearean Love
98
6 Wrapped Around Your Finger
124
7 Love is a Battlefield
150
9 Blame It on the Stones
200
10 About a Boy
222
11 Immortality
248
Thanks
269
Notes
273
Bibliography
287
Index
299
Copyright

8 Where Have All the Young Girls Gone?
175

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About the author (2011)

ROB BROOKS is director of the Evolution and Ecology Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is the recipient of the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal, and an internationally recognized expert on evolutionary biology and ecological systems.

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