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I really don't understand the handful of bad reviews for this book. I thought it was a wonderful and clear introduction to evolutionary psychology: in a nutshell, that all our motivations are shaped to serve our survival in current circumstances. After reading this, one could certainly go on with more certainty to writers like Pinker, Wright and Dawkins.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I?
The subject was covered with interesting examples and theories that could explain why things are the way they are in our minds and, if they are true, what that means in our modern day environments.Obviously evolutionary pyschology will be about what adaptations our mind has evolved to help us survive and reproduce and I thought the author did a good job keeping to that central theme while exploring briefly ideas that venture from certain conclusions. The author is humorous at times and I thought the book was well read. I'm looking forward to the next segment!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This first part doesn't cover much about psychology but is a great way good foundation for evolution and mainly physiological differences and a little about behavioural differences and similarities between humans and animals.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More interesting facts to grip you from the start
What could Allen D. MacNeill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Too long introducing everything. Bit like a bad dinner date
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Any additional comments?
Could have been good. Too long winded. Some good bits but lost in the background noise
1 of 6 people found this review helpful