Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray Paperback – Jan 3 1994
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I was often concerned at the lack of supporting evidence that Fisher presented for many of her assertions. In fairness, I didn't read the end notes, but there were many times when I looked for a supporting reference and none was provided, leading me to question whether what I was reading was based on any sort of sound research.
Finally, I was also disappointed in the quality of the writing. On the whole, the prose lacked elegance, and there were a few times when the author's meaning became entirely unclear, due to ambiguous sentance construction. Contrdictory statements sometimes followed one after another.
I must say that, in spite of my criticism, I did appreciate some of Fisher's ideas, and the book has certainly helped to deepen my understanding of this topic. Unfortunately, I was left with the feeling that there must be someone else out there who would better provide this fascinating material with the presentation that it deserves.
The far more serious flaw in the book is that Dr. Fisher, as she searches for explanations for some of the more dramatic mechanisms acting within us, seems utterly to misunderstand the rudiments of the theory of evolution. She posits all kinds of "evolutionary" forces that simply could never exist. She does not grasp that selection forces can only operate in the present and can never operate for some notional effect in the distant future. Evolution is simply not teleological, but this understanding eludes Dr. Fisher and so her "explanations" end up being silly and implausible.
So, what we have here is basically a work that provides a few tantalising glimpses into the biochemistry of emotions, yet fails to take more than the first baby-steps. It is greatly to be hoped that a more thoughtful and rigorous account will one day be written by some other researcher operating in this important area of study.
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This book has given me an entirely new outlook on life and myself. It is amazing how this book was able to erase years of shame pressed upon me by society.Published on March 28 2004
Helen Fisher tackles an extraordinarily important but seldom scientifically scrutinized aspect of human existence; love. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Christian Hunter
Helen is able to lead you into a new fascinating world; the roots of a feeling most unknown called love. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Albert Paul Dahoui
What's her message? Basically how women need men and men
need women.Ok,how? Women need men to love and profide for
them. Read more
I found this book completely engrossing. Her detailed explanations of human evolution and her logical, clearly thought out and well-supported hypothesis about early sexual... Read morePublished on April 10 2000
As a scientist (chemist) I enjoy reading science books in other diciplines. Fishers' book was well written and researched, a joy to read. Read morePublished on March 13 1999 by Kevin Spoering
Through a careful analysis of a vast archive of anthropological and psychological research, Dr. Fisher constructs a cpmprehensive theory that explains why we love, how it happens,... Read morePublished on July 5 1997
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