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Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

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Why are people getting fatter?

Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27?

Is there any hope of curbing population growth, rampant consumerism and the environmental devastation they wreak?

Evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty-first century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economic
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by University Press of New England (first published June 1st 2011)
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Jee Abuthnot
Jul 20, 2011 Jee Abuthnot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jee by: saw a great review in the Sydney Morning Herals
Very interesting and a lot of fun to read. Probably pitched more at folks who haven't read a lot of evolution, but there is plenty in there for folks who read evolution and economics books like Dawkins, Jared Diamond or even Malcolm Gladwell.

This book isn't really a single argument toward one major point. It's more a set of different topics about how evolution effects our lives. There are chapters on obesity and the evolution of diet, why different countries have different obesity rates, populat
Malin Friess
Feb 15, 2013 Malin Friess rated it it was ok
Rob Brooks (professor of University of New South Wales) believes that many issues facing our world (obesity, overpopulation, even why we love Rock Stars) can be better understood through the lens of evolutionary biology and the simple principals of natural selection.

A few ideas Brooks supports:

When the population moved from hunter/gatherer to agriculture the availability of carbohydrates increased dramatically and so did Obesity and tooth decay (dentists should be thankful). According to the WH
Dec 05, 2012 Danielle rated it it was ok
I found this book underwhelming. I was hoping to have more of the theories to be backed up with studies. It appeared that most of the theories promoted in this book were created by following the logic of natural selection and finding facts that matched. I expected to fins this book more thought provoking, but it merely restated the same information from other sources. The most innovative chapters to me were at the end and the interesting theories about rock n roll.
Oct 15, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cleanskin
Easy reading and nothing really new except for the idea of eating being limited by protein available for intake and the interactive quantitive relationship with carbohydrates. But as the cover suggests is for popular consumption so not likely to have detailed information about how statistics were gathered and analysed. Possibly a poor reflection on academia, being offered time and money to write this pop analysis!
Feb 22, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Brooks does an excellent job explaining the concept of natural selection in the context of contemporary music culture and human sexual behavior. A very accessible and humorous read; this would be a great choice for a non-majors general biology class!
Science For The People
Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #175 on July 29, 2012, during an interview with author Rob Brooks.
Andrea Hickman Walker
Mar 30, 2013 Andrea Hickman Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
An interesting, well-written book about some of the things I find most fascinating. Notably, human behaviour. Highly recommended.
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