In the nurture vs. nature debate, genes have taken a backseat to environment when it comes to explaining human behavior. Enter the emerging field of evolutionary psychology and two of its fiercest advocates, Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa. In their new book, Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, Miller and Kanazawa entertainingly argue how biology is the true determinate — why women like diamonds, why gentlemen prefer blondes, and, yes, why beautiful people such as Angelina Jolie are predisposed to have daughters.
The solution to these mysteries, according to the authors, stems from the brain’s Darwinian instincts — just as our bodies evolved over millennia to adapt and survive, so did our gray matter. Written as a series of provocative questions and answers (for example, “Why Are Most Suicide Bombers Muslim?”), Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters is destined to inspire passionate debate — after all, arguing is just human nature.
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