The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller

Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the some of the traits that combine to make us human. Scientists have have often explained these qualities as merely a side effect of surplus brain size, but Miller (, and argues that they were sexual attractors, not side effects.

The author bases his argument on Darwin’s theory of sexual selection, which until now has played second fiddle to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and draws on ideas and research from a wide range of fields, including psychology, economics, history, and pop culture. Witty, powerfully argued, and continually thought-provoking, this is a pure pleasure to read. A more lengthy and informative review is to be found here

544 pages in Vintage paperback edition.

ISBN 978-0099288244

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