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The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin
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a He who admits, on general grounds, that the structure and habits of all animals have been gradually evolved will look at the whole subject of Expression in a new and interesting light.a
aCharles Darwin


a He who admits, on general grounds, that the structure and habits of all animals have been gradually evolved will look at the whole subject of Expression in a new and interesting light.a
aCharles Darwin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599869152
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TP95TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the right edition! 9 Sep 2008
Darwin's book is seminal in the understanding of emotions, and is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1872.

However, you must be careful to buy the right edition. In particular, Amazon is rather cavalier about sharing reviews and "search inside" images between different editions that just happen to have the same title. Don't let this mislead you.

Paul Ekman's definitive third edition published by Fontana [ISBN 0006387349] starts with the text and illustrations (including photographs) from the 1889 second edition, and includes further changes that Charles Darwin had indicated but which his son Francis did not include. Ekman adds further photographs and his own comments, which put the work fully into a modern context. It's a fine piece of scholarship.

On the other hand, the Filiquarian edition [ISBN 1599869152] is complete rubbish. It just reprints the freely available text of the second edition with no illustrations and no copy editing. Avoid it.

The Ekman edition fully deserves a 5* review, but I am only giving four because Amazon will attach this review to all the editions, and I want you to read it and realise the difference!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great book shame about the illustrations 30 Jun 2009
this book is an amazing insight into nature and emotions, but i was very dissapointed when i recieved The Echo Library (1 Oct 2007)version which had no references or illustrations and is a dreadful reproduction of this classic work. i had to buy it again this time the by Charles Darwin and Paul Ekman (Paperback - 6 April 1999)version. i would have hoped a more recent publication would be better but alas not. stear well clear of the echo library 2007 version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The changing faces of Charles Darwin 12 Oct 2010
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I was made aware of this book by a very entertaining seminar on human expression and FACS coding. As a biologist of course I had to buy this less well known book by Darwin.

As always, Darwin takes great care as he works his way through the origins and recognition of emotions in both man and animals. He tries to explain how they might have evolved. Darwin uses a wealth of references to back his ideas. Modern readers can find Victorian writers a bit heavy in the way they write but this is an enjoyable book if you read it in stages (as I am still doing!)

Perhaps one of the most interesting facts was Darwin's belief in the "inheritance of acquired characteristics", as proposed by Lamarck. Darwin could see nothing wrong with the idea that expressions in frequent use become acquired. It made me, as a biologist, aware that Darwin was a man of his time. We must not forget that there was no physical explanation at the time about how natural selection works on genes that are transferred to offspring. Darwin was unaware of Mendel's work, for example.

Darwin's work on the expression of emotions fell into disfavour in the 20th Century. The balance of scientific opinion swung towards a belief that cultural factors were more important. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way. It is therefore a pleasure to find that many of Darwin's findings are being rediscovered and confirmed in new research.

The book includes comments by Paul Ekman. Paul is a modern expert, researcher and teacher in facial expression. This is great for the reader, who can then see how Darwin's work fits in with modern opinion. I should add that science is still actively debating the expression of emotions to this day!

An thoughtful book which is a great addition to your bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars darwin 9 Jun 2012
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This book is good, but its hard going because it has french during the paragraph your reading and its also diverts to what other discoverers opinions are on the matters discussed it flits a bit and if youve not studied for a while and are trying to study this subject its hard going but its very interesting when reading about how he studied peoples facial expressions in certain situations its so right i tended after reading this to watch people more carefully when they talked to spot certain expressions which tells you sometimes something totally different from what they are saying and the information in the book on the subjects been studied is facinating and i really did enjoy it just had to learn to skip read and pull out the info i was after, a clever man in all its a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 2 Jun 2010
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Fascinating work, definitely the best edition to buy, with up-to-date explanations making it easier to follow and compare with more recent studies. Shows how Darwin was light years ahead of his time, scholarly but comprehensible for lesser mortals like me!
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In the first place, to observe infants; for they exhibit many emotions, as Sir C. Bell remarks, "with extraordinary force;" whereas, in after life, some of our expressions "cease to have the pure and simple source from which they spring in infancy."[18] &quote;
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