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Comment author: orthonormal 09 July 2009 11:57:08PM 2 points [-]

The Moral Animal, by Robert Wright

Comment author: gworley 10 July 2009 02:51:16PM 1 point [-]

I'm not sure this is a good choice. From what I recall there are a lot of details that are wrong in here. Anyone who's read it more recently? Can you fill us in?

Comment author: SirBacon 11 July 2009 06:04:12AM 2 points [-]

I read this last year. It contained many of the important insights from ev. psych, especially in the area of mating strategies. It was far too wordy and long to justify its informational content. Robert Wright snagged most of the ideas from scientists, but he is a journalist, so he tends to mangle concepts and play up spurious "angles" of the "story." This was the most tedious thing I've read on the subject. Pinker is somewhat better.

Comment author: orthonormal 13 July 2009 11:53:23PM 0 points [-]

It's a good and enjoyable book for a beginner who's unfamiliar with (and perhaps skeptical of) evolutionary psychology; there are of course higher rungs on the ladder of ev-psych books.

What sort of mistakes did you see in it?

Comment author: patrissimo 16 July 2009 11:11:17PM 0 points [-]

agreed. Good intro to EvPsych.