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The mating mind' revives and extends Darwin's suggestion that sexual selection through mate choice was important in human mental evolution - especially the more 'self-expressive' aspects of human behavior, such as art, morality, language, and creativity. Their 'survival value' has. MATING. MIND. How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature. Geoffrey Miller. ANCHOR BOOKS. A Division of Random House, Inc. New York. The mating mind: How sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature. Geoffrey Miller. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST • VOL. , No.


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At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new. The Mating Mind. By Geoffrey Miller, New York: Doubleday, Reviewed by John D. Wagner. Why have humans evolved such costly and complex brains?. "At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively read, The Mating Mind offers the most convincing -- and radical -- explanation to date for.

By Rupesh Verma When virtual reality gets cheaper than dating, society is doomed Psychologist Geoffrey Miller offers the most convincing—and radical—explanation for how and why the human mind evolved. Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the traits that make us human.

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Mel prima vivendum aliquando ut. Sit suscipit tincidunt no, ei usu pertinax molestiae assentior. Eam in nulla regione evertitur. Given the expanse of this biologists and evolutionary psychologists, validate the anthro- topic, it is perhaps not surprising to find that Miller's book is pologist's traditional celebration of the symbolic arbitrariness broad in scope, complex in presentation, and sometimes glib in and creative meaning of culture.

As his notebooks make clear, Darwin realized that a species' Afiermore than a century, the failure to find a totally convinc- psychology is a major source of selective pressure on all traits, ing survival-advantage for our uniquely large brain, complex but, especially, psychological traits.

Sexual selection is there- cognitive skills, and panoply of shifting emotions, which does fore an intrinsically self-reinforcing, recursive process. This be- not apply to other animals, suggests that it is time to apply Dar- comes clear in the domain of sensory bias.

The psychophysi- win's other theory in earnest. Our minds and bodies may have ological structure and function of perception may bias the evolved not just as survival machines, but also as courtship de- output of sexual selection.

Symmetric or colorful "secondary," vices. Those peculiarly human traits described in introductory sexual traits like skin color or pelage patterns may arise because anthropology courses that differentiate us from the rest of nature of their exploitation of the built-in, perceptual predispositions of are indeed not amenable to survival-advantage arguments.

Af- species psychology. For example, female mollies prefer males ter all, what is the survival payoff of a good joke, a catchy mel- with swordtails although males of their species lack such fea- ody, or a story about the gods, let alone narcissism and irony? Sexual ornamentations evolve because they tickle the Death to functionalism! Of course, many have offered survival senses.

Kurland, Zygon, However, Given his multimechanism theory of mate choice, Miller por- Miller finds them inadequate. Fisher's "runaway" process The Cenetical tem of extended phenotypes. Like the virtual dance of some bi- Theory ofNatural Selection, Dover Publications, is criti- zarre mental grebe, our ancestors titillated each other during cal for understanding the evolution of the hypertrophied human courtship not only with pleasuring genitals and eroticized skin, mind, Miller recognizes that the kind of exaggerated sexual di- but also with the ability to improvise vocalizations, move emo- morphism that this mechanism produces, for example, in pea- tions, tickle one's fancy.

With their complex so- cocks, simply does not apply to humans. As in language, where ciality, large brains, intricate vocalizations, behavioral creativ- each of us generates and decodes speech, putative courtship dis- ity, and sensuous skin, cetaceans, like dolphins, might also plays like humor, intelligence, and nurturance require that eve- conform to Miller's mating mind theory.

Hence, claims Miller, mu- Miller speculates that by being internal representations of po- tual mate choice must have operated in the course of human tential fitness effects, pleasure and pain allow the individual to evolution.

Indeed, it has become ap- Matechoice will also favor those most responsive to reliable, parent to cognitive neuroscientists that the mind is embodied, phenotypic markers of "good genes.

Lakoff and M. Feelings "indicator" but lack the "good genes," from evolving? Back to are the engine of reason.

They motivate human sociality. In the introductory anthropology. Conspicuous consumption, such as context of sexual courtship, because these mental machinations aKwakiutl potlatch, makes obvious one's true wealth. By anal- demand unpredictability and novelty "protean behavior" for ogy, true fitness can be reliably advertised by costly "handi- maximal effectiveness; that is, for peak attractiveness, the posi- caps" that are therefore not counterfeit, such as seemingly altru- tive feedback of sexual selection takes over, ever cranking up istic acts of hunting or charity.

The peacock's tail indicates how mental prowess and thus brain size over evolutionary time. Cul- much reserve is available to carry and flaunt it.

Seventy years af- tural activities like dance, music, or decoration may vary unpre- ter Boas in anthropology, Veblen in sociology, and Spence in dictably from place to place in their details, however, their economics, Zahavi' s "handicap principle" JournalojTheoreti- costliness, uselessness, and high value "beauty" to humans cal Biology, provides a key explanation for the evolution suggests that their evolutionary origins are to be found in sexual of altruism, communication, and courtship.

That is, the psychology of a particular group of Afri- "Fitness indicators" can be indirect and devious in their can hominids may have evolved due to biased responses to an causal link to our DNA, for example, the fluctuating geometry ancestral, ape psychology.

Evolutionary Freudianism comes of of faces, bodies, and digits; so why not our feelings, thoughts, age!

The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

For Miller, the mind is a generator of condition- We are therefore ultimately a self-domesticated species. With dependent, honest displays of fitness. An Evolutionary and Biocoltural Perspec- of all things. An intensely and self-consciously pleasure-driven tive. Wiley-Liss, 2Q It becomes addicted to its own embodied mind.

Withdrawal generates an addiction-like symptom: Delightful novelty and surprise "neophilia" now become Boston University a new medium of mental exchange and value. For Miller, these nuances of the mating mind underlie the arts, for example, court- This collection of articles presents an up-to-date picture of ing vocalizations and bodily movements may be the evolution- human population biology by some of the leading figures in the ary ground of language and dance.

The Mating Mind

If I am correctly reading him, field. In doing so it not only provides a clear and comprehensive Miller is laying the foundations for an evolutionary biology of view of human genetics, biological variability, human life cy- aesthetics and ethics.

An audacious program, but long overdue. How are all these sexy, talky, and eroticized homi- quickly become a standard for those interested in human biol- nids organized? They motivate human sociality. In the introductory anthropology.

Conspicuous consumption, such as context of sexual courtship, because these mental machinations aKwakiutl potlatch, makes obvious one's true wealth. By anal- demand unpredictability and novelty "protean behavior" for ogy, true fitness can be reliably advertised by costly "handi- maximal effectiveness; that is, for peak attractiveness, the posi- caps" that are therefore not counterfeit, such as seemingly altru- tive feedback of sexual selection takes over, ever cranking up istic acts of hunting or charity.

The peacock's tail indicates how mental prowess and thus brain size over evolutionary time. Cul- much reserve is available to carry and flaunt it. Seventy years af- tural activities like dance, music, or decoration may vary unpre- ter Boas in anthropology, Veblen in sociology, and Spence in dictably from place to place in their details, however, their economics, Zahavi' s "handicap principle" JournalojTheoreti- costliness, uselessness, and high value "beauty" to humans cal Biology, provides a key explanation for the evolution suggests that their evolutionary origins are to be found in sexual of altruism, communication, and courtship.

That is, the psychology of a particular group of Afri- "Fitness indicators" can be indirect and devious in their can hominids may have evolved due to biased responses to an causal link to our DNA, for example, the fluctuating geometry ancestral, ape psychology.

Evolutionary Freudianism comes of of faces, bodies, and digits; so why not our feelings, thoughts, age! For Miller, the mind is a generator of condition- We are therefore ultimately a self-domesticated species. With dependent, honest displays of fitness. An intensely and self-consciously pleasure-driven tive. New York: Wiley-Liss, 2Q It becomes addicted to its own embodied mind. Delightful novelty and surprise "neophilia" now become Boston University a new medium of mental exchange and value.

For Miller, these nuances of the mating mind underlie the arts, for example, court- This collection of articles presents an up-to-date picture of ing vocalizations and bodily movements may be the evolution- human population biology by some of the leading figures in the ary ground of language and dance. If I am correctly reading him, field. In doing so it not only provides a clear and comprehensive Miller is laying the foundations for an evolutionary biology of view of human genetics, biological variability, human life cy- aesthetics and ethics.

An audacious program, but long overdue.

How are all these sexy, talky, and eroticized homi- quickly become a standard for those interested in human biol- nids organized? Certainly not like chimpanzees or bonobos, ogy- who reveal only crude aspects of a mating mind. Indeed, I would Chapters on theoretical and historical perspectives on human argue that our sociality is unique among primates.

How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

Humans are biology provide an introduction to the scope of human biology. Following Matt Ridley The Red Queen: Sex tion is Darwinian because it deals with variation within a single and the Evolution of Human Nature, Penguin Books, , the species, ecological and biomedical principles are often useful as animal analogy is not African apes but, rather, avian colonists well. Johnston and Little's contribution on the history of human like kittiwakes and gulls, which congregate in great hoards be- cause of mutual predator protection and spatially limited re- biology complements this theoretical perspective by highlight- sources.

In an environment of colonial monogamy, mate com- ing individuals important to the development of the field. It petition and choice are highly activated by extra-pair bond trysts brings home the fact that human biology has an enduring focus "adultery" , which are always possible, threatening the stabil- and a hopeful future, if a relatively short past.

Only increased Genetics, an increasingly important part of human biology, is survival benefits can explain the tolerance that hundreds and represented by three chapters covering introduction, quantita- thousands of distantly related, tool-wielding, reproductively tive genetics, and human variation and genetics.

Together, competitive hominids could have had for each other. That bene- Weiss's introductory chapter on genetics and Konigsberg's on fit is protection from other belligerent, hominid groups. Al- quantitative genetics provide a thorough background to genet- though Miller rejects this model, I believe that only the possibil- ics, although they might have used a few more specifically hu- ity of deadly intergroup conflict "warfare" , as postulated by R.

The human focus is more evident in O'Rourke's D. Alexander The Biology ofMoral Systems, Aldine, and contribution on the geography of human genetic variation as is others, can explain our peculiar sociality. Mate competition be- the wealth of information on human genetic variation that can be comes as much a driving social force as mate choice.

His book will annoy On an organismic level, human variation as it relates to cli- many readers of this journal. Indeed, those of us working in this mate, disease, nutrition, and work capacity each receive sepa- area can fault him for the paucity of data, overuse of the counter- rate attention.

II. CHAPTER 2: DARWIN'S PRODIGY.

Beall and Steegman's chapter on adaptation to factual, and unbridled speculation.I have read it some time ago, and it would probably be good to read it again, but my impressions were really strong. Af- species psychology.

While occasionally his magpie instinct may loot fool's gold, overall it provides an accessible and attractive insight into modern Darwinism and the survival of the sexiest. That observation might catch a mountain climber who engages in his or her life and death challenges as more than slightly off beat, but Miller explains that objection away by stating that males do these competitions without really knowing why, because "Evolution does that for us.

Books by Geoffrey Miller.