Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mating Intelligence edited by Glenn Geher

An interesting look at how humans play the mating game in the current age.
The writing style an be confusing at times. There is a paragraph where the authors try to make some point about successful artists but I can't figure out what that point actually was. There are a couple of times where they try to compare data but the first sentence would talk about A then B, the second would have data set B then A. I read a lot of scientific articles and, if you want to clearly compare data, you make the sentences equivalent.
Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive SystemHowever, it's a very informative book. They ask whether creativity is sexy (it is, and very important for short-term mating.) They compare the strategies for short- versus long-term mating.
Some interesting points: Flirting doesn't necessarily have a high correlation to interest
They mainly look at hetero-normative mating, because that is what most of the studies have looked at though there is some look at homosexual relationships as well.

Overall, an interesting and thought-provoking book that just needs a little better editing.

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