- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: UNSW Press (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1742231608
- ISBN-13: 978-1742231600
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,720,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World Paperback – June 1, 2011
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“A dazzling tour of the hidden logic behind modern life.” (Baba Brinkman, creator of The Rap Guide to Evolution)
“In this engaging and witty book, biologist Rob Brooks shows how human nature interacts with social and economic conditions to explain some of the most troubling aspects of modern human life. . . . A must-read for the evo-curious.” (Geoffrey Miller, author of The Mating Mind and Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior) --This text refers to the Digital edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Your average 'Rocker' is going to struggle with this book.
i took a full semester class in college on third world poverty and overpopulation has always and continues to be caused by cultural
beliefs that make having more children desirable.
humans have long known that the number of children could be limited by astinence, coitus interruptis, later marriages, more people never marrying, and, sadly, infanticide. europe had a very fast growing population centuries ago and was able to bring down its birth rate without any modern methods. I am not implying that these forms of birth control are as effective as modern methods - they still
produce more children, but they do reduce family size compared to what we see in nations with very large families.
in many countries a woman's status is raised by having many children, sometimes by having 2 or more sons. women in ghana and ethiopia are still averaging 7 births per woman and a majority of the children will survive to have their own children. with 4 or 5 children surviving, you are doubling the population per generation, which is usually 20 or 30 years.
ethiopia has been advised by the west since the 1970's (and perhaps earlier) that the carrying capacity of their land, even with the most modern and costly farming methods (which are impractical for a poor country unless the rich countries plan to supply indefinitely)
cannot support further population growth. yet, their population has grown tremendously and continues to grow rapidly.Read more ›