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Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature
     

Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature

by Agustin Fuentes
 

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ISBN-10: 0520269713

ISBN-13: 9780520269712

Pub. Date: 06/12/2012

Publisher: University of California Press


There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race,

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There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for humans, Fuentes incorporates an accessible understanding of culture, genetics, and evolution requiring us to dispose of notions of "nature or nurture." Presenting scientific evidence from diverse fields, including anthropology, biology, and psychology, Fuentes devises a myth-busting toolkit to dismantle persistent fallacies about the validity of biological races, the innateness of aggression and violence, and the nature of monogamy and differences between the sexes. A final chapter plus an appendix provide a set of take-home points on how readers can myth-bust on their own. Accessible, compelling, and original, this book is a rich and nuanced account of how nature, culture, experience, and choice interact to influence human behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520269712
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
491,149
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments

Part 1. Myth-Busting Tool Kit
1. Myths about Human Nature Are Powerful--and Misleading
2. Culture--Problems with What We Believe about Being Human
3. Evolution Is Important--but May Not Be What We Think

Part 2. Busting Three Myths about Being Human Prelude: Human ? Nature + Nurture
4. The Myth of Race
5. Myths about Aggression
6. Myths about Sex
7. Beyond the Myths: Now What?

Appendix: Getting the Information Yourself Notes Bibliography Index

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