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Evolutionary Psychology is a uniquely accessible yet comprehensive guide to the study of the effects of evolutionary theory on human behaviour. Written specifically for the general listener and for entry-level students, it covers all the most important elements of this interdisciplinary subject, from the role of evolution in our selection of partner, to the influence of genetics on parenting.

This audiobook draws widely on examples, case studies and background facts to convey a substantial amount of information, and is authored by the UK’s leading experts in the field, from the only dedicated research and teaching institute.

©2005 Robin Dunbar, Louise Barrett & John Lycett (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Great book, some things were wrong but key points were made. I'm going to read it again

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Excellent

This covered the subject well and the person who read it was amazing. Never heard her before but I’m looking for more books that she narrates just to hear her.

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  • Ewan Melling
  • 12-20-15

Excellent Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology

Narration brilliant.

Content, just right for me with only limited psychological and evolutionary knowledge (I'm a Science Teacher).

Particularly like the chapter summaries.

On to The Moral Animal next.

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  • 08-10-20

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Excellent narration!
i listened twice. I've rated overall a 3.
As an introduction it was dumbed down, perhaps too much so for my liking. i learned something about pair bonding. Nicely said. And also picked up the religious correlations.
Don't leave out Sikhism. It is in the Top 5 in World. Rooted in both Buddhism & Hinduism, and Non-dualism.

Our anthropologic history is sound.
However the speculative generality re: "trance" states drawing simplistic correlations to every type - I'd edit it right out.
The significance of each should not have been jumbled- a trance state.
Unless to emphasise only the physiological syncing of heart, brain energy waves (you left out) as well as
healthy endorphins.

A second lacking is the outdated nuero-sci. re: Which parts of our brain operates what exactly - and in conjunction with evolutionary & modern social constructs.
Let us point out - the Amagydalan and ancient limbic systems are doing the driving for most of the population and despite our evolution. Hence, that Trance State you skipped over is the only way to let go of the wheel and get to exactly where you need to be, sooner.

Read: The Master & His Emissary - The Devided Brain
This work is the most comprehensive that i am aware.

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  • 11-10-15

A must for the intellectually curious

Apart from a few statements that were asserted without evidence, this book is a good overview of Evolutionary Psychology and was a great empirical study of the human animal.

In the current social climate where the near religion of 'sameness' is repeated, it's a breath of fresh air to see what the science tells us about human beings with an impartial view.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding our own behaviour; both historically and the internal drivers that govern our interactions now. It is a great jumping off point to spark your interest in my opinion.

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