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Posted October 17, 2007
I picked this book up while browsing mainly because of the catchy title, and read a great deal of it. The book is a series of soundbites to explain human behavior (and even biology) today against the backdrop of evolution. Much of what I read was nonsense and some of it was insulting with a political agenda masquerading as science. I sense that because Kanazawa is on the faculty of the London School of Ecnonomics this may be more a case of the emporer's new clothes rather than rigorous serious science.
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Posted November 12, 2007
Week book, disappointing, the Author does not give answers and/or explain clearly the subjects, lacks of substance. I think, Kanazawa deep down knew this book will not be good. In the Preface, he mentions that the book was his partner's idea 'Alan S. Miller' and that before his death his partner was the one completing the first draft of some chapters but Kanazawa ended up reworking all the chapters his partner left. The title of the book was not even his own idea, it was Marian Lizzi an Editor, also at the end of his Acknowledgments he calls himself 'a delusional man' Saying all of this, how can you trust this book will be of any worth? as a matter of fact, how/who can trust having Kanazawa as an Assistant Professor or as a tenured Reader? Kanazawa is definitively in my NOT to read list.
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Posted January 3, 2010
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