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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The human race spends a disproportionate amount of attention, money, and expertise in solving, trying, and reporting homicides, as compared to other social problems. The public avidly consumes accounts of real-life homicide cases, and murder fiction is more popular still. Nevertheless, we have only the most rudimentary scientific understanding of who is likely to kill whom ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published June 15th 1988 by Taylor & Francis (first published January 1st 1988)
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Artur Olczyk
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every field of research consists of sets of essential writings that constitute a referential framework and provide a basis for other scientists' future inquiry. For evolutionary psychology, one such writing is Homicide (1988) by Martin Daly and Margo Wilson, in which the authors administer selection thinking (interchangeable with a term 'evolutionary psychology') to study matters like
parental affection and rejection, sibling rivalry, sex differences in interests and inclinations, social compari
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: killers
Shelves: nonfiction
This seems to be the book about homicide. It is full of interesting data. I am glad I read it. But part of me really, really hates this book.

Here is a sentence that I hate: Our theoretical approach in this book is to use Darwin's discovery that the properties of organisms have been shaped by a history of selection as an heuristic for the generation of models and hypotheses about the sorts of psychological mechanisms that an animal like Homo sapiens might be expected to have evolved.

Does this m
Aug 16, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference
datos estadísticos, antropológicos e históricos para demostrar que los hombres jóvenes se esfuerzan en conseguir y mantener un estatus social lo más alto posible porque de ellos depende en gran parte su éxito en la competición sexual.

Desigualdad Pág.156-157
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evolution
This has some very interesting insights into human behavior. While it specifically discusses evolutionary psychology as it relates to homicide, the authors show that the same evolutionary conflicts of interest that lead to homicide shape day-to-day conflicts that all humans experience. For its age this book is still very relevant to anyone to who wants to better understand evolution, psychology, social science, criminology, or human nature.
David Gross
Jun 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Applied sociobiology — in this case, applied to the problem of homicide. Why do people kill other people? Well, there are many reasons, and if you look at the statistics, most of them conform to some degree at least with predictions that would be made from applying sociobiological concepts to the problem.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
A look at interpersonal violence (specifically murder) among humans and its evolutionary history. Interesting, but I think as a theory, their ideas can be expanded on. "Demonic Males" is a more recent address of the same issues which I think does a better job of covering the incredibly complex issues of human agency and biological evolution.
joshua grothaus
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
good book but wouldnt read it again.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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