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Reviewers with scientific training have no kind words for The Murderer Next Door. The authors investiture in the controversial field of evolutionary psychologywhich posits that human behavior is the product of evolutionleads him to assert that homicidal fantasies are more common than the reader might believe, and smacks of self promotion. While Busss argument is internally consistent, his premise runs counter to established anthropological and biological studies. Readers unversed in those sciences might receive Busss claims about homicides roots more openly, and find them both credible and disturbing.
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Psychology professor Buss first became interested in the roots of homicide when a close friend flew into a murderous rage against his wife at a party. The fact that this gentle man came close to murdering a loved one contradicted a number of beliefs Buss had always held about homicide, chief among them that murderers are necessarily insane. This book, the result of Buss' research into a never-used file of more than 400,000 murders and a close collaboration with psychiatrists at the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry, led him to a new view: that murder is the product of evolutionary forces and that the homicidal act, in evolutionary terms, conveys advantages to the killer. Buss sets out to dispel what he terms some misperceptions about murder, misperceptions based largely on the media's focus on serial killers. Well argued and unsettling. Connie Fletcher
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The author asks why we murder -- why all of us are capable of murder -- and uses evolutionary psychology (EP) to explain much of the answer. For me the logic is compelling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve Kohn
David Buss is to EP what Richard Dawkins is to Ethology.
This book is another remainder of his devoted study to
the question of human nature from a biological point... Read more
I just checked this out from the library and I have to say, its probably the worst book about murderous psychology I have ever read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Park
I was looking for a tale of insite and how to keep my family safe, good luck at trying to finish this book. Better to get a cookie and place it at your door. Read morePublished 20 months ago by blah
David M. Buss is an evolutionary psychologist. This is a controversial field of science that assumes that the psychology of the mind has been shaped by evolution. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Carl Robinson
This book is fantastic at providing a whole new understanding of why a human being commits murder. If you want a different theory that explains elements of the human mind along... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by rmay
The author seems to assume that because of his own murderous ideas, that everyone else is the same as himself. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by RNew
Ever since reading The Evolution of Desire I've been hooked on David Buss' material. I take from the negative reviews that David Buss' hypothesis for the evolutionary case for a... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Nir@d