Survival of the Prettiest

Survival of the Prettiest
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249,- 249,-
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Kopisperre Teknisk DRM
Filformat ePUB
Utgivelsesår 2011
Forlag Knopf Doubleday Publishing Gro
Språk Engelsk
ISBN 9780307779113
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Om Survival of the Prettiest

A provocative and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, skewering the myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior. InSurvival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, argues that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminismit's in our biology. Beauty, she explains, is an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilizationand for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beautyboth to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partnersuddenly become much more understandable. Moreover, if we understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our own interests, and not just the interests of our genetic tendencies.


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