Best Evolutionary Psychology Books (IMHO)

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The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
1.  The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
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  "The Moral Animal is the best introduction to the appeal and underlying logic of evolutionary psychology I know. I don't agree with some of the fundamental assumptions Wright outlines here, but the argument is undoubtedly beautifully presented."
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The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness
2.  The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness by Joan Roughgarden
The list author says:
  "Joan Roughgarden brings a unique perspective to Darwin's "second theory" of sexual selection. She argues, quite persuasively, that Darwin's original thinking has been taken to extremes he wouldn't support and has come to enshrine anachronistic Victorian views of human sexual interaction. (See also, Roughgarden's Evolution's Rainbow)."
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The Evolution of Human Sexuality
3.  The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Donald Symons
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  "The Huckleberry Finn of evolutionary psychology. Symons lays it all out here in this classic (1979) of the field. His writing is so witty and engaging that, even where he comes across a bit smug, he still writes sentences that'll have you laughing out loud or questioning your deepest assumptions—or both."
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Bonobo:  The Forgotten Ape
4.  Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape by Frans De Waal
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  "One could choose almost any of Frans de Waal's books for this list, but this is one I've repeatedly given to friends as a gift over the years. With superb photographs by Frans Lanting (National Geographic), there is no better introduction to our "other" closest relative, rarely mentioned in polite company."
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Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding (Belknap Press)
5.  Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding (Belknap Press) by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
The list author says:
  "Anything Sarah Hrdy has written is well worth your time, but her take on allo-parenting is especially important. She shows that shared parenting is deeply integrated in human nature, which throws much doubt on the centrality of "paternity certainty" as one of the pillars of human sexual evolution."
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Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World
6.  Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World by Yang Erche Namu
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  "While not specifically about evolutionary psychology, this memoir about growing up in a Mosuo community should throw conventional evolutionary theorists into a tailspin. The Mosuo approach to sexuality and child-care challenge some of the most fundamental assumptions of EP."
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Cultures of Multiple Fathers: The Theory and Practice of Partible Paternity in Lowland South America
7.  Cultures of Multiple Fathers: The Theory and Practice of Partible Paternity in Lowland South America by Stephen Beckerman
The list author says:
  "These essays assembled by Drs. Beckerman and Valentine clearly demonstrate that many unrelated societies believe that children can have several fathers, not just one. Again, if this is true, how can paternity certainty have been an important consideration in human sexual evolution?"
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Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
8.  Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
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  "Perel is one of the few therapists who has the courage to face the implications of human beings' non-monogamous sexual nature. While most therapists insist that exclusive monogamy is the only viable option for couples, Perel takes a clear-eyed look at other options. Refreshing."
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Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A Reader On Hunter-Gatherer Economics And The Environment
9.  Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A Reader On Hunter-Gatherer Economics And The Environment by John Gowdy
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  "An excellent source for those who want to understand the economics of hunter-gatherer life and how fundamentally different life became for our species with the advent of agriculture. Clear, thorough, important."
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Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior
10.  Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior by Christopher Boehm
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  "An excellent source for understanding how the egalitarianism ubiquitous among hunter-gatherers is NOT simply hippie communalism, but a specific response to ecological challenges that faced our ancestors. Debunks the Utopianism-based charges commonly leveled at those who doubt the universality of individual selfishness as the central motivation of all human societies."
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On Human Nature: With a new Preface, Revised Edition
11.  On Human Nature: With a new Preface, Revised Edition by Edward O. Wilson
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  "The book that started it all. Fundamental."
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Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
12.  Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan
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