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Det generøse menneske/The generous human being

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  6 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
334 pages
Published 2003 by People's 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
Kristian Staalø
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 ?...
Pretty fun science writing.
I feel clever now.
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