Out of Eden

Out of Eden

The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Esteemed writer and evolutionary biologist David P. Barash tackles this uncomfortable finding: that humans are actually biologically and anthropologically inclined toward polygamy. Drawing on decades of research, Barash presents a remarkable array of scientific evidence from evolutionary biology and cross-cultural studies that guide the reader through the hidden impacts of polygamy on such crucial behavior as violence, parenting, sexual preferences, adultery and efforts at monogamy itself, along with mind-bending speculation about the possible role of our polygamous predisposition when it comes to human genius, homosexuality and even monotheism.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780190275501
Branch Call Number: 306.8 BARASH
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 15, 2016

This book was written by a scientist. The font is small and the evidence/conjecture well explored. Most people will not be able to make it through the entire book, but for those that do they will what I find to be a convincing case for a human history of rife with polygamy.

The author makes sure to note that while he is making cases of human biological tendencies toward polygamy that he is not saying they are immutable or that monogamy is incorrect. I find the author carefully balances the biological tendencies he is explaining with the actual social constructs we now live in and would highly recommend this for anyone whom also finds themselves looking back at our history to figure out whom we are now.


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