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The mating mind : how sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature

Author: Geoffrey F Miller
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller shows the evolutionary power of sexual choice and the reasons why our ancestors became attracted not only to pretty faces and healthy bodies, but to minds that were witty, articulate, generous, and conscious. The richness and subtlety of modern psychology help to reveal how the human mind evolved, like the peacock's tail and the elk's antlers for courtship and mating."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miller, Geoffrey F.
Mating mind.
New York : Doubleday, 2000
(OCoLC)606261295
Online version:
Miller, Geoffrey F.
Mating mind.
New York : Doubleday, 2000
(OCoLC)608072989
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey F Miller
ISBN: 0385495161 9780385495165
OCLC Number: 43648482
Description: 503 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Central Park --
Darwin's Prodigy --
The Runaway Brain --
A Mind Fit for Mating --
Ornamental Genius --
Courtship in the Pleistocene --
Bodies of Evidence --
Arts of Seduction --
Virtues of Good Breeding --
Cyrano and Scheherazade --
The Wit to Woo.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Miller.
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"Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller shows the evolutionary power of sexual choice and the reasons why our ancestors became attracted not only to pretty faces and healthy bodies, but to minds that were witty, articulate, generous, and conscious. The richness and subtlety of modern psychology help to reveal how the human mind evolved, like the peacock's tail and the elk's antlers for courtship and mating." "Drawing on new ideas from evolutionary biology economics, and psychology, Miller illuminates his arguments with examples ranging from natural history to popular culture, from the art of New Guinea's bowerbirds to the sexual charisma of South Park's school chef. Along the way, he provides insights into the inarticulacy of teenage boys, the diversity of ancient Greek coins, the reasons why Scrooge was single, the difficulties of engaging with modern art, and the function of sumo wrestling."--Jacket.

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