This section is for book reviews of publications in evolutionary psychology and related fields.
Alas Poor Evolutionary Psychology: Unfairly Accused, Unjustly Condemned
Book review of "Alas Poor Darwin", by Robert Kurzban. Assesses five charges against evolutionary psychology: genetic determinism, panadaptationism, unfalsifiable hypotheses, proximate explanations, and ideological bias.
All About Evil
Steven Pinker reviews 'Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century' by Jonathan Glover.
Almost like a Whale (Darwin's Ghost) - Steve Jones
A review and a link to other reviews of 'Almost like a Whale'(published in the US as 'Darwin's Ghost') by Steve Jones.
Analyze This Guy
Emily Nussbaum reviews 'A Life of Jung' by Ronald Hayman.
The Anatomy of Melancholy - Robert Burton
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' by Robert Burton.
Another Branch of the Family
W. Ford Doolittle reviews 'The Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of All the Creatures That Have Ever Lived' by Colin Tudge
An Ape-Man Is Hard to Find
John Noble Winford reviews 'The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right' by Pat Shipman.
Are You in Anthropodenial?
Douglas Foster reviews 'The Ape and the Sushi Master' by Frans de Waal.
Ask Darwin's Grandma
Fiona Cowie reviews 'Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts' by Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan.
Back to the Stone Age
Erica Goode reviews 'Mean Genes: From Sex to Money to Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts' by Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan.
Believe It or Not
Mary Lefkowitz reviews 'Truth: A History and a Guide for the Perplexed' by Felipe Fernández-Armesto.
Biology in Progress
Jon Turney reviews 'Investigations' by Stuart Kauffman.
Books of the Times
Richard Bernstein reviews 'The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars?' by Stephanie Gutmann.
Boys to Men
Robert Coles reviews 'The War Against Boys : How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men' by Christina Hoff Sommers and 'Real Boys' Voices' by William S. Pollack .
Branching Out
Richard Dawkins reviews 'Extinct Humans' by Ian Tattersall, Jeffrey H. Schwartz.
Brief Tragedies
Paul W. Ewald and Gregory M. Cochran review 'Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy' by Mel Greaves.
Buff and Ready
Holly Brubach reviews 'Looking Good : Male Body Image in Modern America' by Lynne Luciano.
Buttering Up
Richard Klein reviews 'You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery' by Richard Stengel.
Carnal Knowledge
Courtney Weaver reviews 'Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution' by Paula Kamen.
The Century of the Gene
Anne Magurran reviews this book by Evelyn Fox Keller. Genes, the author argues, are merely bit players in the game of life.
Darwin Gets a Makeover
Professor Steve Jones has rewritten Darwin's 'Origin of Species', a book that contains ideas which are just as controversial today as they were 140 years ago.
Darwin's Dirty Secret
Review of 'A Natural History of Rape' by Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer.
Darwin's Worms - Adam Phillips
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'Darwin's Worms' by Adam Phillips.
A Darwinian Left - Peter Singer
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'A Darwinian Left' by Peter Singer.
Darwinian Soup
W.G. Runciman reviews 'The Meme Machine' by Susan Blackmore.
Don't Bring Home the Bacon
J. B. Schneewind reviews 'Writings on an Ethical Life' by Peter Singer.
Down the Hatch
Stewart Kellerman reviews 'The Primal Feast: Food, Sex, Foraging, and Love' by Susan Allport.
The Dream of the Human Genome
A review of Richard Lewontin's "It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and other Illusions".
Even Baboons Get the Blues
Rob Nixon reviews 'A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons' by Robert M. Sapolsky.
Everybody Into the Gene Pool
John Durant reviews 'Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated' by Steve Jones.
Evolution and Human Origins
Bruce Bridgeman compares two approaches to the understanding of human attraibutes in evolutionary perspective.
Evolutionary Psychology: The Ultimate Origins of Human Behavior by Jack A. Palmer and Linda K. Palmer
Evolutionary psychology (EP) is barely a decade old, yet already there are several textbooks available designed to give students an overview of the discipline. This is a worthy addition to the range - according to Neil Levy.
From beehives to burrows, animal building sheds new light on biology
Kurt Schwenk reviews 'The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures' by J. Scott Turner.
From Brains to Consciousness (Rose)
A review of Stephen Rose's "From Brains to Consciousness Essays on the New Sciences of the Mind".
From Grunting to Grammar
Paul Bloom reviews 'Lingua ex Machina: Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky With the Human Brain' by William H. Calvin and Derek Bickerton.
Fruit Fly Genetics
Fly: An Experimental Life' by Martin Brookes.
Genetically Manipulated Humans?
Diane B. Paul reviews Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future by Gregory Stock.
Goddess Theory
Natalie Angier reviews 'The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory : Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future' by Cynthia Eller.
Courtney Weaver reviews 'The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex' by David M. Buss.
Hearts of Darkness
John Horgan reviews 'Darkness in El Dorado' by Patrick Tierney.
How Far From the Tree?
Mark Ridley reviews 'Genes, Peoples and Languages' by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza.
Human Diversity (Richard Lewontin)
A review by Danny Yee of Lewontin's introduction to human genetics and human biology.
Human Nature and the Limits of Science by John Dupré
"Dupré's Human Nature and The Limits of Science is not a successful attempt at providing a criticism of evolutionary psychology. Quite literally because it is not about evolutionary psychology, rather, as an extreme statement, it is about the author's prejudice of what evolutionary psychology is about," writes Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair in this detailed analysis.
The human stain
John McCrone reviews 'The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity' by David Horrobin.
In the Heart, or in the Head?
Liesl Schillinger reviews 'A General Theory of Love' by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon.
Ann Finkbeiner reviews The Genius Within: Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing by Frank T. Vertosick. Free registration required at the New York Times
John D. Wagner reviews The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature by Geoffrey Miller
Why have humans evolved such costly and complex brains? And further, why do we use our brains to produce such seemingly useless behaviors as art or music? Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller suggests that the reason might lie in what he considers to be Darwin's most significant contribution to evolution: sexual selection.
Klein on Human Evolution
Derek Bickerton reviews The Dawn of Human Culture by Richard G. Klein with Blake Edgar.
La Difference
Jim Holt reviews 'The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World' by Helen Fisher.
Language and Gesture
Dario Maestripieri reviews From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language by Michael C. Corballis.
The Language of Genes - Steve Jones
A review and a link to other reviews of 'The Language of Genes' by Steve Jones.
Life After God
Steven Marcus reviews 'Darwin's Worms' by Adam Phillips.
Limits of the Genetic Lexicon
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger reviews 'The Century of the Gene' by Evelyn Fox Keller.
Linked: Barabasi ratifies Kauffman, demotes the social gene by James Brody
Linked offers many heuristic possibilities if your interests are in genetic, neural, electronic, or social organizations.
Little Gray Cells
Galen Strawson reviews 'The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World' by Colin McGinn.
Lynn O'Connor reviews A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon
A General Theory of Love, by three long-time collaborating psychiatrists, Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon, is a compelling and timely discussion not only of love between lovers, but love between parents and children, therapists and patients.
Major Transitions in Evolution
John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary look at a range of topics in evolutionary biology, from abiogenesis to the origins of societies and language.
Make War, Not Nice!
Carol Gilligan reviews 'The Kinder, Gentler Military : Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars?' by Stephanie Gutmann
Map of Life
Lee M. Silver reviews 'Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters' by Matt Ridley.
Maternal Instinct
Anne Magurran reviews 'Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection' by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy.
The Meme Machine - Susan Blackmore
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'The Meme Machine' by Susan Blackmore.
Metaphors and Models
David L. Hull reviews Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines by Evelyn Fox Keller.
Mystery of Mysteries - Michael Ruse
A review and a link to other reviews of 'Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?' by Michael Ruse.
A Natural History of Rape
Kenan Malik reviews this book by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer.
Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers - Colin Tudge
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers' by Colin Tudge.
Neil Levy reviews Evolutionary Origins of Morality edited by Leonard D. Katz
Natural selection inevitably favors organisms which behave in self-serving manners, for it will be these organisms who leave the most descendants, and so how can evolutionary psychology ever explain morality?
A neurosurgeon probes the nature of pain
Jerome Groopman reviews 'Why We Hurt : The Natural History of Pain' by Frank T. Vertosick Jr
No Job for a Woman
Laura Shapiro reviews 'A History of the Wife' by Marilyn Yalom.
Nobody Does It Better
Jim Holt reviews 'Taboo : Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It' by Jon Entine.
Not an Inkling
Jerry Coyne reviews 'Genome: Autobiography of a Species' by Matt Ridley.
The Origin of Language by Desmond Fearnley-Sander
When did language arise, and how? And why? If it is of value for the survival of a species, as it clearly is, then why has only one species succeeded in acquiring full-blown language? An interesting discussion of Terrence Deacon's 'The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain'.
Paul Ehrlich challenges evolutionary psychology and the 'selfish gene' in his new book, Human Natures: 9/00
Ehrlich's book 'Human Natures' builds on evolutionary psychology and sociobiology.
Planters vs. Weeders
John Dupré reviews 'Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in the Sociobiology Debate and Beyond' by Ullica Segerstråle.
Dan W. Brock reviews Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama.
The Prince of Peas
Joe Cain reviews 'The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics' by Robin Marantz Henig.
Promiscuity (Tim Birkhead)
Danny Yee reviews Tim Birkhead's evolutionary history of sperm competition and sexual conflict.
Rebel With a Cause
Rachel P. Maines reviews 'Sex the Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey' by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Religion Explained: The Human Instincts That Fashion Gods, Spirits and Ancestors by Pascal Boyer
This book is a milestone on the road to a new behavioral understanding of religion, basing itself on what has come to be known as cognitive anthropology.
Robin Dunbar reviews Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through our Genes by Steve Olson
Genetics has made an enormous contribution to our understanding of human history in the last few years and Robin Dunbar gives his opinion of Steve Olson's account.
Schizophrenia 'helped the ascent of man'
Robin McKie reviews 'The Madness of Adam and Eve' by David Horrobin.
She's Gotta Have It
Karla Jay reviews 'Nymphomania: A History' by Carol Groneman.
The Sixth Sense
Ann Finkbeiner reviews 'Jacobson's Organ: And the Remarkable Nature of Smell' by Lyall Watson.
So much for genes
Adrian Woolfson reviews 'The Century of the Gene' by Evelyn Fox Keller.
So, This Parrot Comes Into a Bar and Says . . .
Bernd Heinrich reviews 'The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots' by Irene Maxine Pepperberg.
Software Etc
George Johnson reviews 'The Advent of the Algorithm : The Idea that Rules the World' by David Berlinski.
Speak, Monkey
George Page reviews 'Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think' by Marc D. Hauser.
Split Personality
Stephen S. Hall reviews 'Of Two Minds: The Growing Disorder in American Psychiatry' by T. M. Luhrmann.
Stupid Pet Tricks
James Gorman reviews 'Clever As a Fox: Animal Intelligence And What It Can Teach Us About Ourselves' by Sonja I. Yoerg.
Survival of the Rapist
Frans B. M. de Waal reviews 'A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion' by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer
Swim Meet
Paul Raeburn reviews 'Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition' by Tim Birkhead.
Taboo by Jon Entine
First chapter.
Talking About Wu Wei
Stephen Wilson reviews 'Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart' by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Faith Bethelard.
The Triple Helix - Richard Lewontin
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'The Triple Helix' by Richard Lewontin.
True (altruistic) love is hard to find by Markus Kemmelmeier
This edited volume is the first publication of the Cleveland-based Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and its president Stephen G. Post. The mission of this organization is to "support research and education on 'unlimited love,' a concept defined as 'total constant love for every person with no exception.'"
Understanding It All
Essay Review of C. D. Darlington, 'The Evolution of Man and Society'.
A Universe of Consciousness - Gerald M. Edelman and Giulio Tononi
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'A Universe of Consciousness' by Gerald M. Edelman and Giulio Tononi.
Unweaving the Rainbow - Richard Dawkins
A review and a link to other reviews of 'Unweaving the Rainbow' by Richard Dawkins.
Victorian Sensation - James A. Secord
A review, and links to other information about and reviews of 'Victorian Sensation' by James A. Secord.
Wag the Human
James Gorman reviews 'Truth About Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Proclivities, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris' by Stephen Budiansky.
Well Preserved for His Age
David Papineau reviews 'Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier' by Brenda Fowler
What's the Forecast?
John R. G. Turner reviews 'The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment' by Richard C. Lewontin.
Whatever Turns You On
Ian Tattersall reviews 'The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature' by Geoffrey F. Miller.
Where Are We Headed?
Simon Conway Morris reviews 'Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny' by Robert Wright.
Who Wrote the Book of Life?
A review of this book, subtitled 'A History of the Genetic Code' by Lily E. Kay.
Why Boys Will Be Boys
Derek Bickerton reviews 'Heroes, Rogues, and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior' by James McBride Dabbs and Mary Godwin Dabbs.
Women Behaving Badly
Emily Eakin reviews 'Killer Woman Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Gender and Power' by Benjamin Demott.
X + Y = Z
Natalie Angier reviews 'As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl' by John Colapinto.
You Can't Get There From Here
Robert J. Richards reviews 'In Search of Deep Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life' by Henry Gee.
You've Got an Attitude
Paul Mattick reviews 'On the Emotions' by Richard Wollheim.
Burrow, Evolution and Society
This review appeared in Cambridge Review 10 June 1967, pp. 409-11. (January 01, 1967)
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