Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthr...

Title:Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345408938
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    Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species Reviews

  • Meg

    A feminist Darwinian! Bring it on. If you want to know about the biology of motherhood, this is the book for you. True, it's kind of long and full of scientific and anthropological detail. But it's al...

  • Lynne Williamson

    All human animals should read this book about real (not Victorianized) maternal nature.Looking realistically at "mother nature:" For a human mother, the survival goal includes an evolved capability fo...

  • Bob Nichols

    Drawing heavily from sociobiological theory and evolutionary psychology, Hrdy argues that (1) the mother at some deep level calculates the benefit/loss ratio that's involved in parental investment, an...

  • Cara Pulley

    This book. This frickin book. I love it. I love that it challenges our perceptions.I don't know why human society believes that women are all programmed to want to birth and nurture the kids. Perhaps ...

  • Pearl

    "Mother Nature" changed my life, bridging evolutionary theory, feminisim, and pragmatism in a way that touched a deep core in my beliefs. In the most mundane sense this book is interesting. Whether yo...

  • Alex

    This is a big book, and it requires a big review. There is so much I learned from it that I may struggle to get this review to resemble anything less than a rambling string of interesting facts and th...

  • Susan

    If you want to scream every time some unenlightened jerk gives you some kind of "Men are from Mars" crap, then this is the book for you! Dispelling myths, bullcrap, and outright lies about the evoluti...

  • Sonja

    My bible. I read this book when I was pregnant with my second child - and was convinced by Blaffer Hrdy's arguments and facts. Nature is cruel, mother is not nature. Or mother is cruel, nature is not ...

  • Jennie

    abandoned it, but an excellent read...

  • Katie

    my friends will be relieved to know that i will no longer be spouting interesting facts about infanticide every 5 minutes....