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Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love 1st Edition

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"Like a peer-reviewed version of 'The Game', this geeky treatise mines evolutionary and experimental psychology to help readers 'succeed in their own mating-relevant goals.'" The authors' broad test of 'mating intelligence,' originally devised as a magazine quiz, measures both desirable traits like creativity and kindness, and relationship skills like empathy, lie-detection... and even a bit of deception." -- New York Times Science Times


"A lively, copiously researched treatise" -- Nature


"Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love, by psychologists Glenn Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman, is a compendium of cutting-edge research into what makes people tick, romantically and sexually." -- NY Post


"Recommended to readers interested in evolutionary psychology and human sexuality." -- Library Journal


About the Author


Glenn Geher is Chair of the Psychology and Director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where he won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Geher founded the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) and is co-founder of the international Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation. He is particularly interested in how evolution can help us understand all facets of the human animal and his many publications help us move toward this goal. His work has been featured in many media outlets--ranging from Psychology Today to Cosmopolitan to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scott Barry Kaufman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University and co-founder of The Creativity Post. An award-winning authority on intelligence, creativity, and the arts, he is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence with Robert J. Sternberg and The Psychology of Creative Writing with James C. Kaufman. His work has been covered in media outlets such as Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind and Men's Health. Additionally, he blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Scientific American, and Harvard Business Review.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195396855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195396850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To contextualize my review, I am an author in this field (under the pen name "Rod Govea"), with some strong ideas, some of which are divergent from the authors's. Also, I am a published scientist on this field, meaning that my criteria to review scientific books are a bit stringent. Finally, I came to Evolutionary Psychology from the Biology side, so I have a different view on some topics.

Having said that, I think this book is absolutely brilliant and definitely worth a read, to a broad range of readers. It is well written and a light and fun read. Nevertheless, it will put a lot of different things into perspective and very probably teach the reader a lot of interesting stuff. I learned quite a lot of new, interesting results.

So why do I like this book?

1) Mating intelligence is a fundamental concept that has not yet gotten the attention it deserves.

The authors do a great job of defining and presenting the concept, showing the reasons behind peoples actions, and how mating intelligence -- or lack of it -- impacts many aspects of people's life. Reading this book could make some people see their own lives in a totally different light. If this book was widely read, we could even see a general improvement on society, along the lines the authors themselves suggest.

2) They backup their ideas on Mating Intelligence with an exhaustive, unbiased literature review on many fields.

Despite disagreeing with the authors in a few points, I read the book in a very positive and curious mood, because the authors were not pushing their ideas. That is really, really hard to achieve in writing a book. Kudos.
Also, their literature review was really exhaustive and well done.
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At its heart, this book is like the survey articles you occasionally read in scientific journals - only expanded. The authors are aware of the limitations of many of the studies in psychology, but the emphasis here is on quantity rather than quality and significance. For those previously unexposed to evolutionary psychology, the introduction should be of interest. "Mating intelligence" as the authors realize is not any one thing, as spatial intelligence might, subject to qualifications, be; it is a grouping of disparate abilities.

For a book that might seem to be popular science, I quote from page 50: "This higher-order k-factor explained most of the genetic correlations among the scales, was 68% heritable, and accounted for 82% of the genetic differences among the lower-order factors". The k-factor, as I understand it, is a statistical construct, kind of what you get from a statistical technique called "factor analysis". There is something there, but it is elusive.
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The description of this book led me to believe that this book would be insightful and helpful both in dating and relationships. What I found instead is that it reads like a modified thesis. That is, it is basically and endless string of data and statistics that may be interesting to a professional or academic, but to a casual reader it truly lacks day to day useful advice or information. However, if your goal is to date a statistician or psychologist than this would make for good (though insanely dry) table talk.
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Mating Intelligence feels more like a college thesis then a well written book. It can be a very exhaustive read. I find myself in the middle on this one. The information is good. Yet I found myself getting bored because of the presentation.

It could be that this book just wasn't written with me in mind. I like the research that they show but feel with a lack of human stories to digest the information that it gets stale.

I liked it but be warned that this is not written to be a mainstream book. Recommended but only lightly.
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Really fascinating, gives what seem to be very plausible evolutionary psychological explanations of common human romantic behaviour. The text might not be as accessible to those unfamiliar with academic writing style, as it reads at some points very much like a journal article or study. However if you can get past that, or if it doesn't bother you, then you will it is engaging and really provokes a lot of thought about some of the behaviours and mannerisms we take for granted, and also exposes just how much our subconscious mating drive might still be motivating a whole host of behaviours we might see as unrelated to that end. Great book!
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Not that I know any better, but I wish that Dr. Geher and his colleagues would be taken more seriously-- and perhaps create a YouTube channel [if they haven't done so already]!
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