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Why We Do It Niles Eldredge

Why We Do It By Niles Eldredge

Why We Do It by Niles Eldredge

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A major refutation of the almighty status of genes in evolution and human behavior.

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Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene by Niles Eldredge

Why do people have sex? Is it solely for the purpose of passing on genetic information, or are there other reasons? "A candid, no-punches-pulled interpreter of the core ideas of evolutionary biology" (Science News), author Niles Eldredge unravels the origins of our coital instincts. Whereas other scientists dismiss human sexuality as a helpless response to the same deep-set biological imperatives that govern the behavior of lesser animals, Eldredge points to various examples of customs, taboos, laws, and other cultural forces that run counter to our most primal desires. Directly assaulting the reductionist "selfish gene" theory, whereby sex is reduced to a purely procreative act, Eldredge draws on Darwin's ideas about evolution as well as modern economic theory to describe the delicate cultural and societal interaction that exists between survival, sex, and procreation in the human species.

Why We Do It Reviews

"Niles Eldredge in Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene shows that once again that great accessible science writing isn't just about boasting." Adam Phillips, Books of the Year, The Observer

About Niles Eldredge

Niles Eldredge is a paleontologist and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History and the author of many books on evolutionary theory.

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Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene by Niles Eldredge
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