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Editorial Reviews

If you've ever wondered why human beings act the way they act, or prefer the things (and people) they prefer, take note - Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa may have the answers...or at least some of them. In Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, these co-authors sink their teeth into age-old controversies about human nature, attempting to deploy the strictures of evolutionary biology in order to explain quite broadly why people are the way we are.
Stephen Hoye's strong pacing translates the book's accessible tone into an equally listenable experience, and his clear voice endows this intriguing work with an authoritative vibe.
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Publisher's Summary

A lively and provocative look at how evolution shapes our behavior and our lives. Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions.
With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study: one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.
Every time we fall in love, fight with our spouse, enjoy watching a favorite TV show, or feel scared walking alone at night, we are in part behaving as a human animal with its own unique nature: a nature that essentially stopped evolving 10,000 years ago. Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa reexamine some of the most popular and controversial topics of modern life and shed a whole new light on why we do the things we do.
Beware: You may never look at human nature the same way again.
©2007 Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A lively excursion into the new, and still disputed, field of Evolutionary Psychology." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"This accessible book opens the youthful field of evolutionary psychology wide for examination, with results often as disturbing as they are fascinating." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ana Mohammed on 01-08-12

Not bad but didn't live up to the reviews

From reading some of the other reviews, I thought that this book was going to be great cover to cover. While it did contain some good thought provoking stuff, I found that it became repetitive and took some license with the statistics that it was using (where it bothered to use them) to prop up their position. While I feel there is good logic to much of what is put forward in this book, I think the approach is a little too simplistic and not sufficiently supported.

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24 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 05-06-14

Mommy's baby, daddy's maybe?

I absolutely loved every part of this book. I liked is so much I listened to it twice, back to back. I had never heard of Evolutionary Psychology before, but everything it professed to be true or speculated upon really rang true for me. This is a fascinating topic, whether you buy into all of it, some of it, or none of it. It just makes so much sense to me. It is written in a light-hearted manner and was an easy listen that frequently elicited smiles from me, as I shook my head and said, "Yes!".

The format involves the author stating a question about human nature and answering the question according to the new science of Evolutionary Psychology. In very simple terms, this science posits that human culture or human nature is the same for all people worldwide. It evolved thousands of years ago and our prime directive is to reproduce ourselves. This influences and directs every aspect of male and female behavior. It so clearly explains how the differences between the sexes evolved and what drives men and women.

At the end of the book, the author presents questions that are not yet answered by the new science and some possible explanations that have been put forth.

I highly recommend this book. It is fairly short, expertly narrated, and guaranteed to make you smile!

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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