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Male, Female; The Evolution of Human Sex Differences
by David C. Geary

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Hardcover - 400 pages; 1200 references
ASIN: 1557985278

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Male, female is the first book to attempt to explain most human sex differences from a single theoretical perspective, Darwin's principles of sexual selection. The book is based on an extensive review of the scientific literature in biology, psychology, and anthropology but is written for a general audience. The books seeks to explian--not simply describe--sex differnces in parental care, mating strategies and preferences, social motives and emotionality, physical attributes, physical development, play patterns, social development, brain and cognitive functioning, as well as academic skills, psychological and behavioral problems (e.g., violence and depression), occupational choices and status, among many other things. Moreover, sex differences in many of these areas are examined across cultures and historical periods in order to illustrate both cultural and biological influences on the differences between boys and girls and men and women.

Short jacket cover reviews were provided by eminent evolutionary psychologists and biologists including:

David Buss (author of "The Evolution of Desire") who stated Male, female "is simply the best book that has ever been written on the topic of human sex differences."

Randy Thornhill (Regents Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico), "this book is a must read for everyone with an interest in scientifically knowing human beings and why boys and girls and men and women are so different psychologically."

Steven Pinker (author of the "Language Instinct" and "How the Mind Works"). "Male, female ... seeks to explain the differences between women and men rather than just describe them. The book is coherent, balanced, incisive, and well-written... a pleasure to read."

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Chapter 1:  Beginnings
1.1 The mechanisms of evolutionary selection
1.2 Overview

Chapter 2:  Principles and mechanisms of sexual selection
2.1 Why sexual reproduction?
2.2 Sexual selection
2.3 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 3:  Sexual selection in primates and during human evolution
3.1 The dynamics of sexual reproduction in primates
3.2 Sexual selection and human evolution
3.3 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 4:  Paternal investment
4.1 Paternal versus maternal investment
4.2 Paternal investment across primate species
4.3 Individual and cultural differences in the pattern of paternal investment
4.4 Paternal investment and the well-being of children
4.5 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 5:  Sexual selection in contemporary humans
5.1 Marriage systems
5.2 Female choice
5.3 Female-female competition
5.4 Male-male competition
5.5 Male choice
5.6 Cultural and historical variability in mating dynamics
5.7 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 6:  The evolution and development of the human mind
6.1 The motivation to control
6.2 Evolved cognitive modules
6.3 Development of functional systems
6.4 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 7:  Developmental sex differences
7.1 Physical development
7.2 Infancy
7.3 Play
7.4 Social development
7.5 Parenting
7.6 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 8:  Sex differences in brain and cognition
8.1 Social domains
8.2 Ecological domains
8.3 Summary and conclusion

Chapter 9:  Sex differences in modern society
9.1 Sex differences in academic competencies
9.2 Behavioral and psychological sex differences
9.3 Sex differences in occupational interests and achievement
9.4 Summary and conclusion

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