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

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Doubleday, 2000 - Science - 503 pages
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"Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller shows the evolutionary power of sexual choice and the reasons why our ancestors became attracted not only to pretty faces and healthy bodies, but to minds that were witty, articulate, generous, and conscious. The richness and subtlety of modern psychology help to reveal how the human mind evolved, like the peacock's tail and the elk's antlers for courtship and mating." "Drawing on new ideas from evolutionary biology economics, and psychology, Miller illuminates his arguments with examples ranging from natural history to popular culture, from the art of New Guinea's bowerbirds to the sexual charisma of South Park's school chef. Along the way, he provides insights into the inarticulacy of teenage boys, the diversity of ancient Greek coins, the reasons why Scrooge was single, the difficulties of engaging with modern art, and the function of sumo wrestling."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This book is unbelievably repetitive. I gave up on page 127 when I read about the Peacok's tail for what seemed the third or fourth time. We are introduced to his tail on p. 3 and told then that we learn about the evolution of human art, morality, language and creativity on account of the tail. I bought the book to learn about morality and evolution. I teach ethics. I had thought Miller was going to say that we have picked our partners over the millennia because we judge them trustworthy, supportive, truthful. Both partners contribute these genes , time after time. He does not say this . He just repeats himself ad infinitum.  

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I learned so many nerd things! I learned why boobs are shaped like that. I learned that vocabulary is genetically heritable. I learned what humor probably started as and why men don't score so as good ... Read full review

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Geoffrey F. Miller is senior research fellow at the Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution at University College, London. Born in 1965 in Cincinnati, he studied at Columbia University and received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Stanford University. After moving to Europe, he worked at the Universities of Sussex and Nottingham and at the Max Planck Institute of Psychological Research in Munich. He lives in Surrey with his family.

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