Males are more likely to die prematurely than are females at this key life stage, because they are often in intense with other males. Out of Eden is Barash's most ambitious work, covering as it does such a broad swatch of the human condition. Which dictates many of the behaviors we act upon. . Overall, the book was a masterpiece in constructing an argument. The weakest sections of the book were those discussing the differences in the frequency of perceived genius in men and in women, and the causes of belief in a patriarchal God.
But as Out of Eden makes clear, not only have we evolved, but we've evolved to be sexually frisky. I think they could have been shortened and still made the same point. Taking a dispassionate look at the science never hurts for that process, and in my opinion this book is about as dispassionate and neutral as any arguments about this stuff can be. Men are bigger than women, and proportionally much more muscly even when size differences are accounted for. I most admired how well the author substantiated his claims - many of which could be easily misconstrued as misogynistic - with droves of evidence and clarifying statements. Our Bodies, Our Brains, Our Selves Chapter 11.
I most admired how well the author substantiated his claims - many of which could be easily misconstrued as misogynistic - with droves of evidence and clarifying statements. This book is a collection of outdated, sexist ramblings that excuses misogynistic behavior and violence as a natural occurrence that should be expected of men. A harem is for men of wealth and power. It draws a very clear line between biology and morality. Esteemed writer and evolutionary biologist David P. Out of Eden talks about many different cultures throughout human history, including present day, across the world. How does this all relate to polygamy? Really interesting look at polygamy as both a biological and social construct through time, culture, and species.
This is obvious given the existence of adultery and legal divorce. Drawing on decades of research, Barash presents a remarkable array of scientific evidence from evolutionary biology and cross-cultural studies that guide the reader through the hidden impacts of polygamy on such crucial behavior as violence, parenting, sexual preferences, adultery and efforts at monogamy itself, along with mind-bending speculation about the possible role of our polygamous predisposition when it comes to human genius, homosexuality and even monotheism. Evolutionary psychologist David P Barash gives us the comprehensive case for humans being naturally polygamous, with more evidence than you might want. Polyandry — one woman, many men — is also part of the story, but I'll come to that later. Note that this analysis stresses the social conventions that contribute to these double standards, but — unlike a traditional social-sciences narrative — it also goes further, to think about the biology underlying these social conventions.
Fascinating reading about how biological pressures induce and reward polygamy and also mongamy and how there are real chicken and egg questions at work in this. The book is at once important, serious, and a pleasure. Sex differences in preference for a variety of sexual partners. Webel was published by Sage. If more people were paying attention, we could have another Scopes trial over this book. Out of Eden proves the male polygamous tendency, tainted with violence, only to show how culture can outrun both and lead to a better world - but only if we understand our starting point. Each culture has its own way of doing things, and all those cultures get by with their various traditions and ideas.
Years later we ended up married, but that's a story for a different review where it would be relevant. Thankfully Out of Eden takes us on a journey from the biological facts of how scientists have worked out we are evolutionary polygamous to the traditional societies that practice polygamy. Barash tackles this uncomfortable finding: that humans are actually biologically and anthropologically inclined toward polygamy. Out of Eden proves the male polygamous tendency, tainted with violence, only to show how culture can outrun both and lead to a better world - but only if we understand our starting point. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. Echoes of the evolutionary, polygamous theme linger on, even in modern technological societies.
Without too many spoilers, the bottom line is that nature is not destiny, and just because something is natural doesn't mean it is right. Polygyny, or a man mating with multiple women, is by far the more common occurrence, while polyandry, a woman mating with multiple men, is much rarer and typically occurs only under very specific and covert circumstances. This is because male competition occurs among their sperm. Inborn with us is our sex drive, biological imperative and very strong. And it's great fun to read! Brash is an interesting book about an interesting topic yet I found myself annoyed with the writing style too much to really enjoy the book.
I have a reality show problem that I like to pretend is a bit of anthropology and very much enjoy watching the dynamics of polygamy on various reality shows I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley. The book is at once important, serious, and a pleasure. My complaints: it was mostly stuff I'd heard before, with only a few bits that were novel to me. Written in a easy to read style with a generous sprinkling of dry humour, this book is well worth the read. If humans were closer to the chimp model of promiscuity, male sperm count should be pretty large. Barash tackles this uncomfortable finding: that humans are actually biologically and anthropologically more inclined toward polygamy. Thanks to evolution-based thinking, we have a powerful answer: Humans evolved with a deep history of polygamy.
But we strive to overcome the effects of both. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. I received this as a review Ebook from NetGalley. The ills of the world that we seem to accept as inevitable human evils are framed scientifically in the context of being a polygamous species and from a scientific point of view these problems start to make sense. Like most people in America that are married, I'm in a monogamous marriage. Esteemed writer and evolutionary biologist David P. And it's great fun to read! Otherwise, if you're like me and are easily distracted from the point by an authors choice of words then steer clear.
Polygamy means having a large portion of males condemned to bachelorhood with no prospects of accumulating wealth. He has written approximately 30 books in total. The latter promiscuity is the great of hope of social radicals and Evolutionary psychologist David P Barash gives us the comprehensive case for humans being naturally polygamous, with more evidence than you might want. The pattern of sex differences that Malinowski describes and then seeks to attribute solely to the culturally generated particulars of a specific group of people is conspicuously and consistently cross-cultural. A bit on the heavy side for popular science but really a good read if a bit jargony at times especially in the early chapters.