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Det generøse menneske/The generous human being

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  115 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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
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334 pages
Published 2003 by People's Press (first published 2002)
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Dorum
Jan 12, 2014 Dorum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Martin J
Apr 10, 2016 Martin J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book ignores, among other things, the fact that in animals among which both sexes help raise offspring, displays of inefficiency are restricted to seasons without offspring to raise. Birds stop their mating display after mating. This is explainable by the fact that just because an individual can survive despite its inefficiency does not mean that said individual can add the extra load of raising offspring too. Therefore, inefficiencies retreat during times of raising offspring. This adds ext ...more
Eva
This is one of the books where all the point is given in the first paragraph of the introduction. Be kind, be generous, be non-rational if you're male and you'll get the best female there is in the community. For those less fortunate in intellectual understanding there's a whole book to read in addition to the introduction, full of examples from animal kingdom and a sort of radical remake of Darwin's theory. Poor guy, Darwin, has been misinterpreted by people who follow to the category "in need ...more
Kristian Staalø
Dec 03, 2014 Kristian Staalø rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and based on facts.
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 ?...
Chet
Feb 20, 2009 Chet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty fun science writing.
Morten
Jul 30, 2009 Morten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book -
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Jan 11, 2011 Ng'n rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel clever now.
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