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

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There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; and men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative, Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for humans, Fuentes incorporates an accessible understanding of culture, genetics, and evolution, requiring us to dispose of notions of nature or nurture.” Presenting scientific evidence from diverse fields including anthropology, biology, and psychology Fuentes devises a myth-busting toolkit to dismantle persistent fallacies about the validity of biological races, the innateness of aggression and violence, and the nature of monogamy and differences between the sexes. A final chapter plus an appendix provide a set of take-home points on how readers can myth-bust on their own. Accessible, compelling, and original, this book is a rich and nuanced account of how nature, culture, experience, and choice interact to influence human behavior.
 

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The author masterly conveys his knowledge in an informative way. . . . If you are willing to enhance your worldview by sleuthing to discover who we are and why we do what we do,’ Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You is for you.” Science

"As an introductory text for students . . . the book is clear and engaging. Fuentes provides brief and understandable accounts about the basic biological and cultural concepts associated with each of the myths he lays out." American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Students who had read the book praised the lively style and found it especially convincing. . . . Fuentes convey[s] what I most want to tackle in a semester-long Anthropology 101 course.” Living Anthropologically
 

About the Author:

Agustín Fuentes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Evolution of Human Behavior, Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections and Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology.

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