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Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy | [David P. Barash, Judith Eve Lipton]

Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy

In Strange Bedfellows, David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton look at how biology actually promotes monogamy in some species and how these lessons apply to human beings. An accessible work of science that is relevant to our intimate daily life, Strange Bedfellows will reassure some people, surprise others, and engage everyone.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Myth of Monogamy, husband and wife David P. Barash (an evolutionary biologist) and Judith Eve Lipton (a psychiatrist), stunned the public by showing how rare monogamy is in nature. Now, in Strange Bedfellows, they look at the other side of the coin: how biology actually promotes monogamy in some species and how these lessons apply to human beings.

An accessible work of science that is relevant to our intimate daily life, Strange Bedfellows will reassure some people, surprise others, and engage everyone.

©2009 David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With wit and intelligence, Barash and Lipton provide a rational, scientific look at the seemingly irrational business of falling and staying in love." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 12-09-09
    Jeff Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 12-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great coverage of a sexy topic"

    This delightful and to-the-point book goes over the necessary material to understand the battle between monogamy and polygamy. It explains how each of the two strategies are evolutionarily advantageous, but also goes over their down-sides. Lots of examples are taken from zoology (gorillas, bonobo monkeys, prairie voles, etc.). Putting humans under the same zoological microscope, a myriad of evidence suggests that we fit the class of "mostly monogamous".

    The end of the book is a little patronizing, as if trying to soften the news for those who have trouble accepting our biological reality.

    All-in-all, a great little book. Well worth a read (or listen).

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    marie keaau, HI, United States 05-09-10
    marie keaau, HI, United States 05-09-10
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    "Great scientific information."

    Very well researched. Very informative and interesting.

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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 05-07-10
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Well told theory"

    Not certain this is not a biased account, but puts up a good case for monogamy.

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