The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life

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Vintage Books, 1995 - Psychology - 466 pages
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From the work of evolutionary biologists and of scholars all across the social sciences, a new science called evolutionary psychology is emerging, and with it a radically revised view of human nature and the human mind. In its light, the oldest and most basic questions look different and wholly new questions arise. Are men and women really built for monogamy? What kinds of self-deception are favored by evolution, and why? How and why do childhood experiences make a person more or less conscientious? What is the evolutionary logic behind office politics - or politics in general? Why is there a love-hate relationship between siblings? When, if ever, is love truly pure? Is the human sense of justice - and of just retribution - innate? Does it truly serve justice?

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Mostly loved the insight into Darwin's life - Goodreads
A great introduction to the field. - Goodreads
Explanations tend to be extremely tidy, and awfully di - Goodreads
tons of wonderful insights into humanity. - Goodreads
a good read/intro into evolutionary psychology. - Goodreads
This book is a great introduction. - Goodreads

Review: The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

I love evolutionary psychology but there are better books than this, which is now a little dated. Pinker's Blank Slate comes to mind. This was good, not great, and certainly not as good as Nonzero, which was excellent. Read full review

Review: The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

User Review  - Caitlin Bergman - Goodreads

I loved that this book is a biography of Darwin's life and a presentation of the field of evolutionary psychology. I feel that I can more accurately hypothesize from where and why my emotions arise ... Read full review

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