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Male Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences Hardcover – Nov 23 2009
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Chapters 1-5 deal with the basics of evolutionary theory, explaining Natural and Sexual selection, life history, and primate evolution. It's a fairly thorough review, certainly enough to give a strong context to the remainder of the book. The idea is that being animals ourselves, we can use biological theories and cross-species comparisons to shed light on our own behavior. So it's crucial to understand those theories and comparisons prior to moving on to humans.
The remaining chapters focus on human sex differences, including: fatherhood (Chapter 6), choosing & competing for mates (Chapters 7&8), child development (Chapters 9&10), and human thought/cognition (Chapters 11-13). These chapters vary in length, tending to get shorter as the book goes on. This is in part due to overlap with previous chapters. A chapter on perceptual differences doesn't have to re-explain childhood differences or sex-related behaviors that were already discussed. The book ends with an afterword that tackles some modern sex differences, including math skills, eating disorders, and general intelligence. These are relatively controversial issues, but Geary deals with them fairly.
Overall, this book is superb. As someone who does some research in the area (and yes, I'm including briefly in the 100+ pages of references), I was pleasantly surprised to come across new and interesting facts.Read more ›
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder when it comes to physical attraction in dating, or is beauty something we can all agree upon?
Why are males more physically aggresive than females? Why are women more involved with the caretaking of children than men?
Is there evidence that gender differences emerge before socialization can occur such as in infancy?
Dr. Geary attempts to explain gender differences from an evolutionary framework by integrating compelling evidence from many social fields such as anthropology, psychology, and sociobiology. Unlike the watered down "Mars and Venus" books, this book is scholarly and offers scientific evidence to support the claims. A must read for any serious student or scholar of the social sciences.
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Prof. Geary surveys a wide, though select spectrum of social science studies to justify current politically correct presumptions.
A masterpiece of evolutionary speculation. Read more
I wasn't sure at first, but after reading this book I was convinced that human sex differences are related to sexual selection. Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
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