The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 21, 2011 - Science - 528 pages
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At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer. Psychologist Geoffrey Miller offers the most convincing–and radical–explanation for how and why the human mind evolved.

Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the traits that make us human. Scientists have traditionally explained these qualities as merely a side effect of surplus brain size, but Miller argues that they were sexual attractors, not side effects. He bases his argument on Darwin’s theory of sexual selection, which until now has played second fiddle to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and draws on ideas and research from a wide range of fields, including psychology, economics, history, and pop culture. Witty, powerfully argued, and continually thought-provoking, The Mating Mind is a landmark in our understanding of our own species.

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Miller (senior research fellow, Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution, Univ. Coll., London) here argues that the human mind and human behaviorDincluding language and moralityDhave evolved ... Read full review


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Geoffrey Miller is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Yale University School of Medicine. A member of the Yale Bioethics Center and the Child Neurology Society Bioethics Committee, he is author of Extreme Prematurity: Practices, Bioethics, and the Law and editor of the books Static Encephalopathies of Infancy and Childhood and The Cerebral Palsies: Causes, Consequences and Management.

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