This book is quite interesting but quite detailed and scientific. You have to be interested in the science piece of it and understand the science piece of it, to understand the book and the conclusions he draws. That said it's an interesting book on Darwin and The theory of evolution. He tries to show how a lot of our actions and the way we interact with people is based on The way that we developed in prehistoric times as a social people.
This is one of the books that should be listened multiple times. Perfect for people passionate about evolutionary psychology. Could have used simpler and more modern words but anyway still a masterpiece.
Mostly a good book, but it is not self-reflective when it gets to the free will vs determinism section: it says there is no free will, no place to give credit or blame, but gives goals to strive for - as if we could if we followed the author's conclusion in the book.
I highly recommend this book to all. religious or not. I myself an religious and I find this book to give me a new light of different aspects of life. I also do not feel that this book in anyway attacks religion. this book and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis both provide an excellent discussion on similar subject matter.
an insightful essential look at evolutionary psychology. the author dies a great job of dispelling many erroneous notions of social darwinism and frames a new paradigm to analyze human consciousness.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
I thought this was a really well-done introduction to the field of evolutionary psychology. Apart from a couple peculiar lapses (post-70's overtones near the beginning, and an anti-Freud rant near the end), the book works really hard to steer clear of unwarranted speculative conclusions about the evolution of human behavior. I would say it does a better job of that than some more recent books on the subject have done.
Simultaneously, it presents a biography of Darwin from the perspective of analyzing him by his own theory. At first I thought this was just a gimmick. It certainly has a gimmicky side to it, but I grew to appreciate it more as the book progressed. Darwin could not possibly have had the perspective to see himself through the implications of what he was putting together. We, on the other hand, are cursed (blessed?) with the insights now available to us thanks to his work. Where that will lead is anyone's guess.
Greg Thornton is a bit odd as a narrator. He adopts sort of an affected voice and mannerisms. I think maybe he was trying to impersonate a stuffy, didactic Victorian lecturer. (Maybe he was trying to impersonate Darwin?) It was a bit off-putting. Fortunately, it mostly wore off towards the end of the book. I like to think he got so caught up in the interesting subject matter that he forgot what character he thought he was creating.
It is indeed fascinating subject matter. Despite the 1994 publication date, it remains as good a book on evolutionary psychology as I have come across.
He talked so much about Darwin's life, and other non-essential tangents. If you want to read this book, I strongly recommend getting a physical copy, so you can skip what doesn't interest you. It could have easily been half the length.
I didn't like the performers voice. Very intellectual sounding, in a bad way.
I was looking for a book that could give me a great foundation and background of Evolutionary Psychology, and this book was perfect!
It goes through the fundamentals of Evolutionary Psychology as well as giving the history of Darwin to give a lot of examples and understand where the evolution theory came from and how it evolved during Darwin's life.
This book is great for anyone interested in evolution theory, evolutionary psychology or human behavior in general.