The Generous Man: How Helping Others is the Sexiest Thing You Can Do
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The Generous Man: How Helping Others is the Sexiest Thing You Can Do

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When it comes to sex, Darwin didn't go far enough. Whereas his theory of natural selection dictates that species adapt the most efficient and logical traits (a streamlined fin, say, or a long wingspan), Generous Man makes the case that an animal's success, sexually, depends on developing the least efficient traits. Nørretranders uses as the central symbol of his theory the...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 29th 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published 2002)
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Ok, so this is an optimistic book but a little bit boring. I rate this book about 6.5 out of 10 . It really looks like it has been written by an old teacher in a well-to-do country.

First of all it is obvious that the author is not exactly in contact with the latest studies on altruism and so on. For example, in the very first chapter he tells about the famous experiment in game theory which describes how people can be very altruistic. This goes something like this: There are two players. Player...more
Magda Sandulescu
redau un singur citat din cap 4: "Reciprocitatea. A ne ajuta unul pe celalt este natural: Darwin catre botanistul Asa Grey: este curios ca imi amintesc bine vremea cand gandul ochiului ma ingheta, dar am trecut peste acest stadiu al observatiei, iar acum mici particularitati neinsemnate ale structurii ma pun adesea in incurcatura. Vederea unei pene din coada unui paun, de fiecare data cand ma uit la ea, imi face rau ! Dar asta era in 1860" - si acum ?...
Pretty fun science writing.
Jul 09, 2010 Pejman added it
Inspiring text! Interesting form but not the best pop science. Pop science is appreciated and is about simplification of the scientific facts, not fictions. Irrationality of humans is known. But causal inference can't be done so simply on the most complex system ever known, social system. Behaviors can simply emerge from their opposites in sucha system, generosity can emerge in a selfish society and the evolution (which is based on fitness not efficiency) makes it way more complicated.

I would c...more
I feel clever now.
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