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The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology, Part II

The Science of Human Nature
Narrated by: Allen MacNeill
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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"Why do we do what we do?" In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Allen D. MacNeill (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Worthwhile, but Like 'Angels and Demons'

Solid stuff well delivered (except for the sad attempts at accents). But... listener beware: the crisp narration often begins a topic with hard science them moves to squishy 'indications' and then onto flights of conjecture that confuse correlation with causation and prescribe campus-fad remedies that frequently conflict with earlier hard-science points made. All this in the same, authoritative, faux-reasonable tone. One must listen carefully to separate the good stuff from the faddish blather. That said, if you can be self-disciplined, this course is worth its cost.

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Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture. This book has added so much more to my understanding of Evolutionary Psychology!

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Dialectical Materialism at its best...

...or worst, depending on your point of view.
I found the book interesting from an intellectual point of view but dehumanising from a human perspective.

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explains life better than any scripture

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full of insight and makes you start to understand mankind

it realy explains why we are the way we are

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so far none

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knowledgeable and scientific

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Epiphany

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it's Evolutionary psychology

Other than stating the obvious,evolutionary psychology is pointless and irrelevant to humanity and history it self.Great book.

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  • Paula Wright
  • 07-30-18

Great insights to human propensities

I am an independent researcher in evolutionary theory who is a passionate advocate for the consilience of the natural and social sciences. These volumes (and the volume on evolutionary biology) are very accessible for those interested in modern evolutionary theory and are interested in getting past political/ideological smears of applied evolutionary theory, and towards understanding the breadth and depth of its application in helping us better understand our conscious and mortal predicament.

Evolutionary theory is a powerful tool and ideologues of all stripes will always want to bend it out of shape to fit their political ends. It's also not going to be going away. We see it under attack today in 2018 by clowns to the left and jokers to the right. This puts the onus is on true evolutionary scholars like MacNeill, Buss, Schmitt, etc to explain its possibilities and its limits to an interested lay public.

This is a great place to start.

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  • Nick Crutchley
  • 04-13-13

Cool Stuff

I really think the lecturer presents quite complex concepts well. I have learnt such a lot, and will apply to the science of climate change.... that is, why do we pollute our planet?

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