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Introducing Evolutionary Psychology Paperback – Sep 27 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books; New edition edition (Sept. 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840466685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840466683
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #844,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not all books in this "Introducing" series are equally good but this one is a success. Most of the principles of evolutionary psychology are correctly represented within the limits of the available space, and the mildly entertaining illustrations make for easy reference. Every page introduces a new concept and can be read on its own. Whether this book is to be recommended as a first read in evolutionary psychology, is an open question. I dip into it from time to time to remind myself how fascinating and compelling a subject evolutionary psychology is. "Browsing evolutionary psychology" would be an apt title for this book.
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This book changed my life. This book discusses information using real life scenerios which can be demonstrated in everyday life. It really spooked the "voodoo" (that which I could not explain) right out of me. And I'm a more temperate, more understanding person than I ever was before.
Again, this book covers details from a "macro perspective", that is it goes over the general details and explains the interconnectivity (global) information, rather than speaking in specific(unrelational) terms or ideas. It guides you logically through the process and displays the information in pictorials and patterns which make it very easy to understand its concepts.
Every institution providing education should use this books communication models in their programs. A lot of people going through institutional schooling get fustrated because schools fail to explain the interconnectivity first, and get lost in meaningless (unrelational) details.
I feel I have received many answers to the questions of life through this book. I highly recommend it.
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Unfortunately, this book gives a reader unfamiliar with EP the impression that the ultimate causes of psychological adaptations actually reside in the "unconscious." The book is full of entertaining cartoons that show characters "thinking" of adaptationist "reasons" for their behaviour. The editors should have shown the difference between proximate and ultimate causes. The "reasons" for psychological mechanisms' existence lay in the mists of evolutionary time. The "reasons" for people's immediate behaviour is that it feels good, tastes good, should be avoided, etc. People don't have evolutionary history locked up in their unconscious somewhere. The book has much other stuff to recommend it, but the commission of such a grievous error--about a science that is under such fire from critics--is unfortuante.
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This is an easy and fast book to read if you want to get a basic overview of what evolutionary psychology is. Like the title says, it is an introduction and if you get the word introduction right, it means that you are going to see only the general aspect of what evolutionary psychology is. I recommend this book to people who are not sure about buying books of greater value on this subject. At less than 10 dollars, you'll have a good idea of what's in store for you in your further readings on the subject.
Enjoy!
Matt.
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This is an easy and fast book to read if you want to get a basic overview of what evolutionary psychology is. Like the title says, it is an introduction and if you get the word introduction right, it means that you are going to see only the general aspect of what evolutionary psychology is. I recommend this book to people who are not sure about buying books of greater value on this subject. At less than 10 dollars, you'll have a good idea of what's in store for you in your further readings on the subject.
Enjoy!
Matt.
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