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Sex, murder, and the meaning of life : a psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature

Author: Douglas T Kenrick
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
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The founder of social evolutionary psychology argues that many apparently ingrained human behaviors--including prejudice, over-consumption, and religious devotion--are actually easier to explain and avoid than one would imagine.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas T Kenrick
ISBN: 9780465020447 0465020445 9780465032341 0465032346
OCLC Number: 657595617
Description: xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Standing in the gutter : how did an innocent young student accidentally fall in with a band of intellectual revolutionaries? --
Why playboy is bad for your mental mechanisms : when is beauty bad for you? --
Homicidal fantasies : why have most of us had at least one fantasy about committing murder? --
Outgroup hatred in the blink of an eye : why can't we all just get along? --
The mind as a coloring book : why doesn't cultural variation support the blank slate view of the mind? --
Subselves : the three faces of thee --
Reconstructing Maslow's pyramid : where are the missing bricks in the classic pyramid of needs? --
How the mind warps : why do men and women forget different people and regret different things? --
Peacocks, Porsches, and Pablo Picasso : why do men go out of their way to avoid a Consumer Reports best buy? --
Sex and god : when is godliness just another mating strategy? --
Deep rationality and evolutionary economics : why are behavioral economists only half right when they say that our economic choices are irrational? --
Bad crowds, chaotic attractors, and humans as ants : why your parents were right about the company you keep --
Conclusion: looking up at the stars : how does research on unsavory and taboo topics converge into a grand view of human nature and answer the question : what is the meaning of life?
Responsibility: Douglas T. Kenrick.

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Integrates cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, and the science of complexity to paint a fuller picture than ever before of the simple and selfish rules that govern our lives, influencing how  Read more...

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Quick, easy tour of evolutionary psychology

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2011-12-31) Very Good Permalink

This book is a light dash through evolutionary psychology. Other writers, such as Steven Pinker, get bogged down in details of the various systems of the mind, but not Kenrick. Kenrick ties each of his topics to stories from his own life and to simple, vivid analogies....
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