- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520269713
- ISBN-13: 978-0520269712
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you are willing to enhance your worldview by sleuthing to discover "who we are and why
we do what we do," Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You is for you."
"This book is a must for anyone looking to explore where the lines of human nature and artificial class structure are, and where Fuentes says they've been artificially created."--Charleston Post & Courier
"Fuentes deserves praise for and success with this book. The myth-busting toolkit, which is essentially a pattern of questioning, is a wonderful device. . . . Fuentes is not just informing, he is teaching readers how to think critically."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"Where these myths come from, and how to bust them, is the basis of this lively,
thoughtful book. Fuentes declares himself on neither side of the debate...
Instead he's firmly on team logic." -The Boston Globe
"In this compelling bit of pop science, Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, asks readers to throw out their preconceptions about what it means to be a human."--Publishers Weekly
"...a provocative text for both novices to the field of biological anthropology and seasoned professionals....At the core of Fuentes' argument is the relationship between the real world complexities of biocultural systems and the reality of reductionist, often misguided, commonly held understandings
of such systems" Adam Van Arsdale American Journal of Physcial Anthropology 152(1)
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“Agustín Fuentes has established himself as an original and authoritative voice for the study of human origins. While interrogating the narrative of where we came from, the domain of both science and mythology, he explains scientific subtleties with grace and ease and successfully guides us through a confrontation with our bio-cultural nature.”―Jonathan Marks, author of What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee
“Fuentes brings together an enormous array of information from diverse fields to counter some of the most pervasive myths about human nature in our society.” ―Karen B. Strier, author of Primate Behavioral Ecology
“It is about time that an anthropologist discusses these pervasive myths of human nature and shows them to be just that: myths. Using data from across anthropology and debunking popular writings that do not account for all of the relevant literature, Fuentes does an exceptional job in deconstructing many commonly held beliefs concerning human behavior.” ―Robert W. Sussman, coauthor of Man the Hunted
“Fuentes challenges us to undertake the most fundamental of self-help programs and free ourselves of harmful misconceptions about race, aggression, and sex. By approaching the study of human nature through the lens of evolution, he has produced an illuminating, refreshing, and uplifting view of humanity that is both a superb history of our species and a manual for our future.” ―Nina G. Jablonski, author of Skin and Living Color
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I thought I would be most interested in the “busting” of monogamy, but Fuentes’ take down of our artificial racial divide is the thing that most stuck with me at the end of this book. Humans tend to view race as a very large, real difference between human beings, but this book pokes serious holes in that assessment. Fuentes shows that race is a minor, superficial difference between humans. This analysis alone is worth the price of the book.
I also felt that religion was needled a bit in this book, if often incidentally in several cases. I read this book as part of a Freethinking book club, and it generated a lot of passion and discussion in the membership. Worth the read.