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Survival of the prettiest : the science of beauty

Author: Nancy L Etcoff
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1999.
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Beauty is not a myth. According to scientist and psychologist Nancy Etcoff, the pursuit of beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of Madison Avenue, nor a backlash against feminism. Survival of the Prettiest, the first in-depth scientific inquiry into the nature of human beauty, posits that beauty is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature, from what makes a face beautiful to the deepest
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Etcoff, Nancy L., 1955-
Survival of the prettiest.
New York : Doubleday, ©1999
(OCoLC)607113589
Online version:
Etcoff, Nancy L., 1955-
Survival of the prettiest.
New York : Doubleday, ©1999
(OCoLC)630841332
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy L Etcoff
ISBN: 0385478542 9780385478540
OCLC Number: 39746747
Description: 325 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: the nature of beauty --
Beauty as bait --
Pretty pleases --
Cover me --
Feature presentation --
Size matters --
Fashion runaway.
Responsibility: Nancy Etcoff.
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Beauty is not a myth. According to scientist and psychologist Nancy Etcoff, the pursuit of beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of Madison Avenue, nor a backlash against feminism. Survival of the Prettiest, the first in-depth scientific inquiry into the nature of human beauty, posits that beauty is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature, from what makes a face beautiful to the deepest questions about the human condition.

Etcoff sheds light on every aspect of human beauty, including why we devour fashion magazines, check our waistlines, and gaze longingly at objects of desire. Informed by state-of-the-art theories of the human mind from cognitive science and evolutionary biology, Survival of the Prettiest tells us why gentlemen prefer blondes, why high heels have never gone out of style, why eyebrows are plucked and hair is coiffed. Etcoff also explains how sexual preference is guided by ancient rules that make us most attracted to those with whom we are most likely to reproduce.

Research on why we find infant features irresistibly attractive, as well as controversial new work that suggests parents show more affection to attractive newborns, is part of a broad investigation that includes insights into how beauty influences our perceptions, attitudes, and behavior toward others.

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