Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature


Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature Anthropology
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"Unlike advocates who promote one-cause-fits-all explanations for human behavior, Fuentes appreciates the array of influences that make us human. This book is guaranteed to give the reader a more nuanced view of who we are, and why we do what we do."--Joel Best, author of Everyone's a Winner and Damned Lies and Statistics

"Agustín Fuentes has established himself as an original and authoritative voice for the study of human origins. While interrogating the narrative of where we came from, the domain of both science and mythology, he explains scientific subtleties with grace and ease and successfully guides us through a confrontation with our bio-cultural nature."--Jonathan Marks, author of What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee

"Fuentes brings together an enormous array of information from diverse fields to counter some of the most pervasive myths about human nature in our society." --Karen B. Strier, author of Primate Behavioral Ecology

"It is about time that an anthropologist discusses these pervasive myths of human nature and shows them to be just that: myths. Using data from across anthropology and debunking popular writings that do not account for all of the relevant literature, Fuentes does an exceptional job in deconstructing many commonly held beliefs concerning human behavior." --Robert W. Sussman, coauthor of Man the Hunted

"Fuentes challenges us to undertake the most fundamental of self-help programs and free ourselves of harmful misconceptions about race, aggression, and sex. By approaching the study of human nature through the lens of evolution, he has produced an illuminating, refreshing, and uplifting view of humanity that is both a superb history of our species and a manual for our future." --Nina G. Jablonski, author of Skin and Living Color

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