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The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of the Human Mind

by Miller, Geoffrey F.

  • ISBN: 9780385495165
  • ISBN10: 0385495161

The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of the Human Mind

by Miller, Geoffrey F.

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish date: 01/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780385495165
  • ISBN10: 0385495161
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Description: For over one hundred years, scientists ascribed the evolution of the human brain to natural selection -- survival of the fittest. Yet such reasoning has never satisfactorily explained how the brain evolved in such a short period of time, and why -- throughout the animal kingdom -- a disproportionately large brain exists only in Homo sapiens.

Now, in a groundbreaking book that will transform our understanding of our species, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller argues that our brains evolved not because of natural selection but because of sexual selection. Like the peacock's magnificent multicolored tail, the human brain is an extravagance whose sole advantage, he claims, is to attract a mate and pass on genes. Our ancestors were attracted not just to pretty faces and strong bodies but to partners with quick wits, intelligence, and generous spirits -- sexually attractive traits that speak to our fertility, health, and the quality of our genes. The richness and subtlety of human language, art, music, creativity, and morality are all the result of sexual choices made over countless generations. In a book based on the latest discoveries in evolutionary biology, the author shows that romantic success and the heartbreak of sexual rejection have been the major forces driving the human mind's evolution.

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