Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520951679
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 946,335
  • File size: 830 KB

Meet the Author

Agustín Fuentes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Evolution of Human Behavior, Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections and Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology.
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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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