- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 3 edition (26 June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 046500802X
- ISBN-13: 978-0465008025
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,03,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Evolution Of Desire Paperback – Import, 26 Jun 2003
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"An ambitious addition to the ever-growing shelves of books on sex wars.... Buss is refreshingly evenhanded." -- Elle
"Clear, coherent, and convincing...." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
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In fact, those searches are two of the chapters in this book. This book has ZERO emotion. It’s a collection of studies where they interviewed thousands of people and asked them questions like, “Rank these attributes in a mate”
The author clearly has no BS detector.
Is this a legit way to find out what is really going on here? I think NOT! If you actually want your questions answered, look elsewhere. If you want to play logic games with the author, buy away!
The material can be found other places - mating is a common topic of evolutionary psychology books. The presentation seems repetitive; the same basic strategies have implications for finding, keeping, and leaving a mate and also explain how we pursue casual or extramarital sex. What makes this book worth reading, above similar books, is Buss test the theories by tying them to survey results. The theories explain the results.
For humans, much of the competing is verbal - using social influence to degrade competitors. This is a minor topic.
The focus is on how we select mates so that our genes are given every possible advantage to dominate future generations. Men and women have competing goals. Men want to maximize the quantity and quality of their mates and invest as little as possible in their offspring. Women want to maximize the quality of their mates and extracts as much parental investment from the fathers as possible.
Mating customs - monogamy, marriage - are an uneasy truce between the sexes. Monogamy - for example - benefits average to below average men the most. Marriage and child support laws are a way of codifying parental investment.
Despite our traditions of monogamy and marriage, we constantly try to assess our value as a mate. Your reproductive value and your behavior are not static. Decisions to leave mates are based upon assessment of relative value. Casual sex and affairs are attempts to assess our value.
I was intrigued by this book and its premise after reading some articles the author wrote as sources for a paper I did on attraction. Purchasing this book was not a disappoint at all, and I only hope his other books are just as insightful, informative and well-written as this one.