Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire-- Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What WeDo

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire-- Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What WeDo

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by Alan Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa
     
 

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Now available in paperback-a provocative new look at biology, evolution, and human behavior 'as disturbing [as it is] fascinating' (Publishers Weekly).

Why are most neurosurgeons male and most kindergarten teachers female? Why aren't there more women on death row? Why do so many male politicians ruin their careers with sex scandals? Why and how do

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Now available in paperback-a provocative new look at biology, evolution, and human behavior 'as disturbing [as it is] fascinating' (Publishers Weekly).

Why are most neurosurgeons male and most kindergarten teachers female? Why aren't there more women on death row? Why do so many male politicians ruin their careers with sex scandals? Why and how do we really fall in love? This engaging book uses the latest research from the field of evolutionary psychology to shed light on why we do the things we do-from life plans to everyday decisions. With a healthy disregard for political correctness, Miller and Kanazawa reexamine the fact that our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission? an inescapable human nature that actually stopped evolving about 10,000 years ago.

Editorial Reviews

We modern humans work hard to prove that we're an advanced species. Researchers Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa think that it's a losing battle. These evolutionary psychologists insist that we've never really transcended our prehistoric ancestors or, for that matter, our fellow primates; we just hide it better. To demonstrate their contention, they insist that men and women are still driven by 10,000-year-old impulses to find an optimal mate and produce healthy offspring. As the subtitle suggests, they link nearly every conceivable aspect of human activity to these primal drives; from selecting a favorite television show to finding religious faith. Sometimes politically correct, but always provocative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399534539
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
189,999
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Satoshi Kanazawa received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. His work has been covered in such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post.

Alan S. Miller was professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Japan's Hokkaido University.

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