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Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire-- Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What Wedo Paperback – 2 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcherperigee; Reprint edition (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534539
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That mouthful of a title says it all. According to Kanazawa, a media-savvy researcher whose studies of "beautiful people" have been covered by the BBC and the New York Times, and the late Miller, a professor of social psychology, evolutionary psychology explains almost everything about human behavior. Proponents of what they call "the Standard Social Science Model" believe that the human mind is exempt from biological pressures, while evolutionary psychologists hold that people are an animal species driven by animal needs. The authors suggest that human evolution stopped when agriculture began changing the world much faster than the world could change us, and now 10,000-year-old impulses to find the right mate and produce healthy offspring control nearly every aspect of our existence, from choosing jobs to religious belief. This accessible book opens the youthful field of evolutionary psychology wide for examination, with results often as disturbing as they are fascinating. ("Publishers Weekly")

aA powerful jump-starter for conversations about the nature of being human.a
a"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
aA rollicking bit of pop science.a
a"Los Angeles Times"
aAn exuberant, accessible, exhilarating, intellectually aerobic workout.a
aDavid P. Barash, author of "Madame Bovaryas Ovaries"

A powerful jump-starter for conversations about the nature of being human.
"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
A rollicking bit of pop science.
"Los Angeles Times"
An exuberant, accessible, exhilarating, intellectually aerobic workout.
David P. Barash, author of "Madame Bovary s Ovaries"

?A powerful jump-starter for conversations about the nature of being human.?
?"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

?A rollicking bit of pop science.?
?"Los Angeles Times"

?An exuberant, accessible, exhilarating, intellectually aerobic workout.?
?David P. Barash, author of "Madame Bovary's Ovaries"

About the Author

Alan S. Miller was a professor of behavioral science at Hokkaido University and an affiliate associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington. He was the coauthor, with Satoshi Kanazawa, of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire--Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do, Why Men Gamble and Women Buy Shoes: How Evolution Shaped the Way We Behave and Order by Accident: The Origins and Consequences of Conformity in Contemporary Japan.

Satoshi Kanazawa is a British-American evolutionary psychologist who is currently a reader in management at the London School of Economics. He is the coauthor, with Alan Miller, of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire--Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do; Why Men Gamble and Women Buy Shoes: How Evolution Shaped the Way We Behave; and Order by Accident: The Origins and Consequences of Conformity in Contemporary Japan.


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