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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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 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.

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

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

introduction Human Nature FT Us
1
What Is Evolutionary Psychology?
11
Why Are Men and Women
29
chapter3 BarbieManufactured by Mattel
48
Why Is Beauty Not in the Eye of
54
Beholder or SkinDeep?
64
Why Sean Connery and Catherine
71
Go Together Like a Horse
80
What Do Bill Gates and Paul McCartney
127
Why Does Marriage Settle Men Down?
133
chapter? Lifes Not Fair or Politically
141
Why Are Most Neurosurgeons Male
149
Why Are Most Suicide Bombers Muslim?
165
Why Are Single Women More Likely
172
conclusion Stump the Evolutionary
179
Atofes
193

Why Does Having Sons Reduce
93
Some Things Are More Important
98
Why Does the Baby Have Daddys Eyes
104
Why Is Family More Important
111

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About the author (2007)

Alan S. Miller served as professor of social psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Hokkaido University, Japan, before his death in 2003.

Satoshi Kanazawa is Reader of Management and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives in London, England.

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