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Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan S. Miller
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The book reads like a evolutionary psychology version of Sex and the City. It uses Buss's Error Management Theory to explain why men overestimate interest from women and women underestimate interest from men. Does this also explain why men tend to ask women out on dates, not the other way around? Other questions to ponder follows.

1. Did women become smaller than men to mature earlier, hence compete earlier, in a polygynous society?

2. In the US, the strongest predicator of remarriage is sex: men tend to get remarried and women do not. Hence, serial polygyny.

3. Diamonds are the perfect courtship gift because they are expensive and have no intrinsic value.

4. It is the wife's age, not the husband's age, that determines the timing of the husband's mid life crisis. Similar logic can be applied to spousal abuse.

5. While men tend to be single-minded about making money, women tent to place much more importance on the criterion that "the work is important and gives me a sense of accomplishment".

6. Sexual harassment surveys often ask women if they have experienced unwanted sexual advances at work, but do not ask if women have experienced wanted sexual advances.

7. On racial discrimination, as opposed to that based on sex and age: since encountering people of other races daily is a recent phenomenon, there cannot be innate categorization of race in our brain.

8. Pascal's wager: given that one cannot know for sure if God exists, it is rational to believe in God.

9. On the survival of the homosexual gene: because gay men in the past were forced to get married and have children.
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