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Evolutionary Psychology by David M. Buss
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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 numerous weak points of Social Darwinism to illustrate how flawed it is. There is no more room for ethics or morality.
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November 3, 2015 – Shelved
November 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
November 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
November 3, 2015 – Shelved as: gs
November 3, 2015 – Shelved as: psychology
March 22, 2016 – Started Reading
March 22, 2016 – Finished Reading

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John Sander I very much doubt that you have read the book. No respectable Evolutionary biologist or Evo Psychologists says that evolution provides evidence for social Darwinism. Evolution is a scientific theory, not a philosophy on how you should live your life and treat others. Evolution guides your thinking, but doesn't ultimately control it, hence you can decide what you want to do with your life, and how you want to treat your fellow human beings, animals and earth.


Maica Thanks for the comment. It's actually one of our school textbooks, so. I on the other hand doubt it as 'scientific' no matter how it is supported by studies. It is only an approach in understanding the evolution of the human species, and there are other alternative views.


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Daniel Did you actually read the book? In the Third Edition, the author addresses some of your misunderstandings in the first chapter. From the table of contents:

Page 18:
Common Misunderstandings about Evolutionary Theory

Misunderstanding 1: Human Behavior Is Genetically Determined

Misunderstanding 2: If It's Evolutionary, We Can't Change It

Misunderstanding 3: Current Mechanisms Are Optimally Designed


Abdallah Hélaoui lol just a religious nuthead who does'nt belive in evolution , that's wy you dislike the book , because it contradics ur stupid beliefs


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