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Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner's Guide

(Oneworld Beginners' Guides)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide is a uniquely accessible yet comprehensive guide to the study of the effects of evolutionary theory on human behaviour. Written specifically for the general reader, and for entry-level students, it covers all the most important elements of this interdisciplinary subject, from the role of evolution in our selection of partner, to ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Oneworld Publications
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Jurij Fedorov
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a bit hard to rate this. All the science is good and well explained. But it doesn't feel fresh and fun to read.


The science is good. It's basic psychology and it's a really great intro to psychology overall. The EP part is good, but it's not deep so mostly it reads like a really well written intro to general psychology without going into the harder EP science that often feels like hard science compared to most psychology. As a general psychology intro it's pretty much perfect. As EP intr
Mike Nulty
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

Having just finished this book I feel much more informed. And, I am also sure that this is not just an illusion. The arguments are made in a clear (MA Thesis) manner which not only opens up the subject to further reading, but is also an excellent example for MA students on how to deliver their work. Double Good.
Gerald Prokop
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
As far as beginner's guides go, this is pretty good. The information is accessible without being dumbed down. It gave me the insight I was looking for for, but nothing too mind-blowing or inspiring, and it still felt like reading a textbook. The part I really appreciated was at the end, where the Naturalistic Fallacy, ethics and human morality were discussed really intelligently. I would've expected a "Beginner's Guide" to use the Naturalistic Fallacy to write off the subject of morality. Instea ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
The first two chapters where not exactly easy going for a beginners guide type publication, but this was not representative of the rest of the book which read quite well,although at times it was a little inconsistent and some explanations became unclear in badly written paragraphs, but this did not detract from the overall understanding too much.The subjects covered include interactive development,instinct,language,religion and morality among others and reference recent findings and experimenta ...more
Morgan Blackledge
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't encounter this material, no mater how dryly written, and not be changed. Evo-psych is just so damned powerful. I literally can't get enough of it. That being said. This book is brilliant by default, and seemingly boring by design. What ever. Even if it's not exactly a thriller. The material is so strong and thought provoking that it's 100% worth reading (or listening if you have the audiobook).
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar, British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist. He is a specialist in primate behaviour. Currently Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

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“What an evolutionary approach does not involve, however, is any notion that all behaviour is genetically determined and that our biology is our destiny.” 0 likes
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