There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustin Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sexThere are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustin Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for humans, Fuentes incorporates an accessible understanding of culture, genetics, and evolution requiring us to dispose of notions of "nature or nurture." Presenting scientific evidence from diverse fields, including anthropology, biology, and psychology, Fuentes devises a myth-busting toolkit to dismantle persistent fallacies about the validity of biological races, the innateness of aggression and violence, and the nature of monogamy and differences between the sexes. A final chapter plus an appendix provide a set of take-home points on how readers can myth-bust on their own. Accessible, compelling, and original, this book is a rich and nuanced account of how nature, culture, experience, and choice interact to influence human behavior....
|Title||:||Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature|
|Number of Pages||:||290 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature Reviews
There’s A LOT of data in this book, and the author rather pedantically presents many, many chapters to set up what basis he’s using to make his deductions. Let me stress again: many, many chapters. It started to feel a bit like homework. He then proceeds with what he calls “myth busting” as a way to debunk the common (stereotypical) beliefs alluded to in the title of the book. On the plus side, I had leaned towards most of his deductions prior to reading the book and it was interesting to read the science which supported them. On the minus side, after laboriously setting up the basis for his theories, the deductions (the myth bustings) are whipped through quickly and mostly rely on studies that are referenced in the bibliography but not really discussed in any detail. That was disappointing and I was left feeling somewhat short-changed. I think the book was written to too broad of an audience and, in trying to make it interesting to more scientific readers as well as laymen, it ended up a bit unsatisfactory to everyone (at least that seems to be the case from my reading of Amazon’s reviews). I heard the author interviewed on NPR which is how I first learned of the book. His enthusiasm for his topic was palpable and he was very interesting, and sometimes that enthusiasm comes through in the book. I just wish a bit more of it did.
a ok book. It basically asks us to challenge how much of human nature is built in biologically into us and says we underestimate culture. I understand he is challenging overly simplistic biological thinking but sometimes I feel he goes the other way more than is warranted. His examination of the illusion of race and it reality only as a cultural construct is a lot more solid. As far as aptitudes of men and women being similar and that we are probably a mildly polygamous species (not inflexible so of course) is a little more solid. I don't think he is right in downplaying the choosiness of women compared to men in mate selection (that is demonstrably real and most likely tied to biology.) Not a bad work and a reminder that we don't have people figured out yet.
Didn't finish it, but spent a couple of hours browsing it. Annoyingly it's quite an interesting book ruined by the authors inability to be concise or tell a story.
Everyone should read this book, ESPECIALLY politicians. It should be a requirement of the office.
Interesting and not for the faint of heart. Lots of good information.
This book is repetitive, tedious, boring, dry and repetitive. Did I mention it's repetitive, too?Besides, you sense the author's bias, in the way he supports his thesis (e.g., in selecting narrow examples or using a binary approach). Sometimes he cherry picks the examples supporting his thesis, and discard them when they aren't.I'm not even halfway, and I'm really tempted to stop reading. When the author repeats a concept over and over, I feel the urge to scream and throw away the book (alas, since I'm reading it as e-book, I can't ;-).The premise is valid and the information are sometimes interesting, that's why I'm giving 2 stars.If the book was half the length, pruned from repetitions and more lively, it would be worth 3 stars - although the reader should still be cautious about the author's bias.
I don't like Fuentes' constant use of something that amounts to "Myth hereby busted" line throughout the whole of the book. It makes it feel a little formulaic and by extension, repetitive. I like that it has a simple cook-book type of feel to it, however, which is in part set up by that formulaic outline of chapters and repetitive tag line. It feels like something perfect for undergrads, making it a very nice teaching tool to use as a shortcut to teaching human evolution, along with many other themes besides. The book contains a ton of information and it does a decent job at synthesizing it.
I gave the book four stars because it's a good book if you want a broad overview of a lot of topics. The science novice would get a lot out of this book. That being said, Fuentes could learn to get to the point. My wife and I read this for a book club and she recently said that we should have a drinking game where we drink every time Fuentes asks a rhetorical question. It got a bit frustrating at times.Again, great information and an admirable attempt at letting people know that their basic assumptions about people are likely wrong. I just wish that the people that actually need this information would read the book. They won't, though, because the "game" is on.
Great insights on biological source of characteristics related to race (or more correctly ethnic background), sex/gender, mad aggression. Sets up his own straw-men, or "myths" to bust, leaving me wondering if it makes a difference that we think we are different because of ethnic or biological reasons or socialization. Whatever the case, we still have to live in this world, and a cut and dried scientific solution does not make that any easier.Not very smooth reading.