Where many evolutionary psychologists see the mind as a Swiss army knife, and cognitive science sees it as a computer, Miller compares it to an entertainment system, evolved to stimulate other brains. Taking up the baton from studies such as Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, it's a dizzyingly ambitious project, which would be impossibly vague without the ingenuity and irreverence that Miller brings to bear on it. Steeped in popular culture, the book mixes theories of runaway selection, fitness indicators, and sensory bias with explanations of why men tip more than women and how female choice shaped (quite literally) the penis. It also extols the sagacity of Mary Poppins. Indeed, Miller allows ideas to cascade at such a torrent that the steam given off can run the risk of being mistaken for hot air).
That large personalities can be as sexually enticing as oversize breasts or biceps may indeed prove comforting, but denuding sexual chemistry can be a curiously unsexy business, akin to analyzing humor. As a courting display of Miller's intellectual plumage, though, The Mating Mind is formidable, its agent-provocateur chest swelled with ideas and articulate conjecture. While occasionally his magpie instinct may loot fool's gold, overall it provides an accessible and attractive insight into modern Darwinism and the survival of the sexiest. --David Vincent, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The ideas in this book are startlingly simple, and that is what makes them work.
In this book, Miller contends that instead of garish tails or mating calls, it is the human brain that provides the mechanisms for mate selection.
Amazing book, amazing work of science, amazingly thought out and written, with clear language and unique sense of humour.
This is a great book. If you are an intellectually curious person (of course you are, why would you be reading this if you are not? Read morePublished 9 months ago by bowen zhao
Easy and fun to read but not too simplified. I enjoy reading books on evolutionary biology and psychology and this is one of the best.Published 14 months ago by Alex A.
This is one of those rare books that once you put it down and lift your head you'll never see things the same way again! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel Capote
I found this book fascinating. Miller's theories behind the evolution of the human mind are novel and well argued. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jjd9
Despite Miller's recent well publicized self-described "idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged" tweet, which seems to have generally lowered his social status and sexual... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Arron
I wanted to really enjoy this book because he seems so very fit AND brainy, which is what I'm looking for when I read a book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ms. Sweets
A man who believes that a person's genetic pre-disposition to obesity also affects their ability to think critically can hardly be considered a reliable source on sexual choice and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard Latimer