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Posted December 11, 2006
How the evolution of mating affects your dating
Why do women use makeup? Why do men like to buy big cars? Why do people feel jealous? Evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss digs deep into the ancient past of human relationships to answer such questions, and produces intriguing results, disconcerting insights and valuable explanations. Using observations from the animal world and from many studies conducted in various societies, he provides a theoretical framework based on Darwin¿s theory of natural selection. Give Buss credit for elaborately fitting in almost every conceivable puzzle inherent in human mating relationships - even though this, admittedly, at times requires quite a stretch of his evolutionary theory. We recommend this 'drop-dead shocker' (The Washington Post Book World) to anyone who has ever searched for, attracted, kept or separated from a mate - that is, anyone who is strong enough to face the unromantic truth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2006
Enlightening and reinforcing
Buss presents comprehensive referenced research that is well integrated into a coherent picture of one of the most (if not the most IMHO) interesting aspects of human existence- gender and sexuality. The book provides ample access to the original literature as well as summarizing decades of observation and experiment that places the forefront of the field in the readers' hands instantly. I consider this a 'must read' for any educated person.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2009
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