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Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind

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Where did we come from? What is our connection with other life forms? What are the mechanisms of mind that define what it means to be a human being?

Evolutionary psychology is a revolutionary new science, a true synthesis of modern principles of psychology and evolutionary biology. Since the publication of the award-winning first edition of Evolutionary Psychology, there h
Published 1998 by Allyn & Bacon
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Pau Oliver And because it's a university text book
Arshia This is a great book that explores the concepts and theories that have been discovered and explored in the realm of evolutionary psychology. It not…moreThis is a great book that explores the concepts and theories that have been discovered and explored in the realm of evolutionary psychology. It not only presents the research behind the concepts presented but also some of the contradictory research that may oppose certain ideas. It is quite a balanced and worthwhile book. As for its costly price tag — you have to keep in mind that this is (in addition to being a great book) a university textbook — and we all know how expensive textbooks can get when you have no choice but to purchase a particular book for a particular course.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, David M. Buss
Originally published: November 23, 1998
Beginning with a historical introduction, the text logically progresses by discussing adaptive problems humans face and ends with a chapter showing how the new field of evolutionary psychology encompasses all branches of psychology. Each chapter is alive with the subjects that most occupy our minds: sex, mating, getting along, getting ahead, friends, enemies, and social hierarchi
Amir Tesla
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Such a great and informative book.
Among those books that I keep saying provides you with a new pair of eyes to see the world with, and comprehend what used to be invisible to you before.
Bob Nichols
“Evolutionary Psychology” is an excellent summary of the evolutionary foundations for human behavior. The picture that emerges is straightforward. We have strong social tendencies. We are aggressive in promoting and defending our interests; we can be and are brutal toward our kind (“Among the more than 4,000 species of mammals, only two have been observed to form coalitions that kill conspecifics: chimpanzees and humans,” Buss writes); and sex and social dominance pervades our lives. We are, in ...more
Henrik Haapala
1. What is the book about?
Evolutionary psychology
2. What problem was the author trying to solve?
The problems of surviving, mating, parenting, criminality etc. that can be better understood with evolutionary psychology
3. What are the main arguments? Do I agree?
I agree with the basics and more. Natural selection has three basics: variation, inheritance and differential reproductive success. Intrasexual competition – competition between members of one sex. Intersexual selec
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few remarks:
a) The content is skewed towards "global level of analysis" with issues like mating, parenting, and cooperation. There's almost zero material on the evolution of basic human psychology like perception, emotions, cognitive abilities or, for example, how the nervous system and brain evolved in species over time. For that you can check "How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker or just some textbook for biological psychology (e.g., by Breedlove and Watson).

b) Be really skep
3.5 stars

Quite interesting and illuminating, although one tends to start seeing human behaviour, especially the "mating dance" between both sexes in a rather cynical light. Sometimes it seems depressing how much our preferences and character traits today are the product of recurrent environmental adaptive problems men encountered tens of thousands of years ago.. that life's only goal is to be as reproductively successful as possible and that every single thing seems to revolve around
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Pretty simple and informative guide to Evolutionary Psych. Easy to understand and explains things really well.
Tiago Faleiro
It's a fascinating field and I think this book this a pretty good job of outlining most of its core aspects. It's well written, and no particular knowledge is required. While some general background in psychology is helpful, the author makes sure to define and explain uncommon terms. At the end of Part1, it contains a neat and brief summary of psychology so one is better able to put the content ahead in context, from Freud's psychoanalytic theory to the cognitive revolution.

It starts off with a
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, have_ebook
if you're planning to read one psychology book in a lifetime, this should be the one
Griffin Wilson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the 4th edition (published 2009), however, you may find the 5th edition (published 2014) on Amazon with some more up-to-date research, although at about 4 times the price.

This work is a great introduction to the field of evolutionary psychology, and in one stroke manages to touch on (even if only briefly) most of the major insights the budding field has yet offered us; the work also provides the reader with heaps of 'recommended readings' and a 50+ page bibliography. I would h
Adam Lam
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do women want? So posited Freud, lamenting the query as "the great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul."

The authors summarize the findings and methodologies behind research on this question in an accessible (i.e. easy-to-read) format. Of course, this isn't the only question they explore. Other topics include phobias (Why do buildings seem taller when standing on the top floor v
Holly Fediuk
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book a zero I would. Literally the worst textbook I've ever read my entire life and I read the WHOLE thing. Ive read alot of textbooks in my life and let me tell you, I could have written a better one myself. First of all, it feels as if Buss has run out of ideas to talk about so in each chapter he repeats himself a billion times. It's so incredibly repetitive and honestly if you don't have anything to say, why is this even a subject? And second what is with the last chapter ...more
Lubna Qanber
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lubna by: Raswl
I didn’t write one first because I found it’s hard to, for how huge the book is and the many various topics it talks about, I should’ve reviewed each part once I’ve read separately.

Anyhow, it was nice reading it, it explains “biologically speaking” humans behaviors and how humans evolved during time depending on real social experiments (statistics of course), biological studies, and studying various animals actions, for explaining (women-men, family, and social) relationships, how we deal with
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, psychology
This wonderful book which was recommended to me by a friend, is about evolutionary psychology, a field that I was only superficially familiar with. Even though the arguments presented here are mostly speculative and in the form of hypotheses, it is still a wonderful scientific effort and a wealth of information and data has been gleaned by psychologists that can give us insights about who we are, where we came from and why we possess the current behavioral traits from an evolutionary perspective ...more
Sharzad Modeli
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a textbook and huge book but really at times reads like a novel. It's an exploration about the human experience, and the different facets of life: sex, mating, getting along, getting ahead, friends, enemies, and social hierarchies. You know the adage of: "just see the world as it is without judging" - well this is a lesson in just here's how things go down and some evolutionary forces that are behind them. Overall, I have read it a few times and really go through the pages again and agai ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sexist pseudoscience. Just kidding. At this point, I think that anyone who thinks that evolutionary psychology is sexist pseudoscience is just biased and/or ignorant. Fascinating stuff. I didn’t even feel like I was reading a textbook.
Phillip Batch
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really changed my perspective on how people work, and why. Very eye opening. Although, it is a text book and quite dry at times, the overall concepts are very profound. Essential reading for anyone who truly wants to understand the world around them.
Joe McKenzie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book about how historic environmental factors can influence the current modern human psychology. Ties in the points it makes with facts about Darwin's own life which made is semi-autobiographical and helped add to the flavour.
Greg Jones
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book to find clarity. Prepare to be enlightened.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a breath of fresh air after reading Darwin's maury-esque claims
Paul Bard
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 6th edition is far superior so I switched over to that
Ask Gram  Franck
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good, fundamental and important.
Karlotta Weck
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book for my psychology course and it is really interesting.
I could also recommend it for non-psychology-students!
Henri Tournyol du Clos
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, evolution
Great introductory textbook.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are my brief thoughts on the book. It's probably not a very good read to get a detailed impression on the content.

A good book to get the overall mindset of evolutionary psychology.
Our minds are not blank slates filled up by our social environment (such a concept is problematic if not impossible), neither are our minds a general problem solving machine, our minds are instead a collection of independent modules (although some modules communicate with each other and call oth
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Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book, I found it to contain great ideas layered by too much information. I read it by skimming and mainly reading the summaries parts as I found the other parts a little boring.

This book will explain to you in detail why humans are wired and act the way we do, why you think your neighbor's hot, why you're afraid of spiders and why you want to be popular. It is all based in our history and evolution over the years. Cool stuff.

I wish I could read a summary
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychology, gs
The whole premise upon which this book rests its foundation upon is questionable regarding the nature of human beings. It determines the biological aspect of people i.e. gender differences as the sole factor for existence, which as it is based on the concept of 'evolution,' on procreation or survival. Hence any alternatives to be made or chosen as regarding how can one conduct oneself in ones own life beyond the confines of procreation or survival is out of the picture. One can then connect the ...more
Stuart Woolf
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is quite good. If you're going to read one book in psychology this year - or really, any of the social sciences - make it this one.

The theories espoused in this book are not going to surprise most adult humans, for it is precisely the thoughts and behaviors most people will experience and rationalize in their leisure that this text aims to explain.

The content itself is sometimes repetitive and sometimes contradictory, but the real strength of the book is the num
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
For those of you who are interested in modern psychology, this is a very thorough textbook-style treatment of recent developments in evolutionary psychology. This field has risen to the fore since the fall of the "blank slate" paradigm that prevailed in the field until the 1970s and 1980s (and which some still cling on to), which denied the existence of any innate human nature, and which insisted that all personality and behavior was was the result of social upbringing and environment. This book ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the textook I'm using this year in my Comparative Psychology class, which combines ethology and evolutionary elements. This is a very good book on the topic. I haven't finished the class yet so we'll see how the students like it. However, it's a tremendous introduction to the field, which provides a lot of food for thought.

There are places where the author speculates beyond the data, but that's probably to be expected in what is a very new field. It is a very exciting field a
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David M. Buss is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, known for his evolutionary psychology research on human sex differences in mate selection.
Buss earned his PhD in psychology at University of California, Berkeley in 1981. Before becoming a professor at the University of Texas, he was assistant professor for four years at Harvard University, and he was a professo
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أرى في المستقبل البعيد مجالات مفتوحة لأبحاث أكثر أهمية. وسيقوم علم النفس على أساس جديد يتمثل في ضرورة اكتساب كل قوة عقلية وكل كفاءة بالتدريج.”
“In a fascinating study, Barrett (1999) demonstrated that children as young as three
years of age have a sophisticated cognitive understanding of predator-prey encounters. Children from both an industrialized culture and a traditional hunter-horticulturalist culture were
able to spontaneously describe the flow of events in a predator-prey encounter in an ecologically accurate way. Moreover, they understood that after a lion kills a prey, the prey is no longer alive, can no longer eat, and can no longer run and that the dead state is permanent.
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