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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195101073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195101072
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 3.1 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a rare exception, a volume of fresh and original research of momentous significance that is written in such a way that ordinary mortals can immediately join the debate. (The Economist, January, 1992)

This book is a rare exception, a volume of fresh and original research of momentous significance that is written in such a way that ordinary mortals can immediately join the debate. (The Economist)

... a massive tome that throws considerable light on a number of issues ... The Adapted Mind is a very significant contribution to the field of evolutionary thinking on human psychology and culture. It brings together many well-written and scholarly chapters that do much to articulate the salient issues and give state of the art overviews. (Paul Gilbert, British Journal of Medical Psychology, 66)

one cannot afford to ignore it (Glenn D. Wilson, Person.individ. Diff. Vol. 15, No. 5, 1993)

a collection of eighteen papers by twenty-five authors which sum up and illustrate much of the best of our knowledge in the field of evolutionary psychology (Christopher Badcock, London School of Economics, ESS Newsletter No. 36, October 1994)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 1998
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance and uniqueness of this work. It is without question, the most comprehensive, most authoritative, most timely, most compelling, most interdisciplinary book ever written on the topic of evolutionary psychology. Practically all the major exponents of this new science are presented and accounted for (Buss, Symons, Daly & Wilson, Tooby & Cosmides, Barkow and Kaplan). In addition, many qualified and distinguished experts in other fields have made valuable supporting contributions (McGrew, Shepard and Fernald). It already stands as a classic in the field of evolutionary psychology and is destined to be a watershed in the development of psychological thought. However, readers beware: this book is not a light, bedside read. It is dense, scholarly reading. Although enjoyable, it is not appropriate for a lay audience looking for pop-psychology. But if you are a social scientists or serious reader who wishes to know what evolutionary psychology is about, there is simply no other book to read. My only question is when can we look forward to a second volume?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2002
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I have used this book in my (PhD) research. It is comprehensive and descriptive, but sadly posits no mechanisms for the phenomena described. Although this is disappointing, in itself, this book is still valuable to researchers as a stepping stone towards positing mechanisms of their own.
As I obtained my first sighting of this book after an extended library reservation, due to its extreme popularity, I would guess that my opinion of its value is borne out by other academics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1999
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I read this book in my last semester as a psych major. I was extremely dissapointed with all the theories that I had learned relating to human behavior, until I read this book. This book provides explantions for humnan behavior, that in my opnion, are the "real thing". All the ariticles are well written and based on sound, scientific research. It is not easy reading, but it is well worth it. I think that anyone studying or interested in human behavior should read this book.
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