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Madame Bovary`s Ovaries: A Darwian look at literature

Madame Bovary`s Ovaries: A Darwian look at literature | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it

What can elephant seals tell us about Homers Iliad?
How do gorillas illuminate the works of Shakespeare?

What do bloodsucking bats have to do with John Steinbeck?

According to evolutionary psychologist David Barash and his daughter Nanelle, the answers lie in the most important word in biology: evolution. Just like every animal from mites to monkeys, our day-to-day behavior has been shaped by millions of years of natural selection. So it should be no surprise to learn that the natural forces that drive animals in general and Homo sapiens in particular are clearly visible in the creatures of literature, from Henry Fieldings Tom Jones all the way to Helen Fieldings Bridget Jones. Seen through the lens of evolutionary biology, the witty repartee of Jane Austens courting couples, Othellos tragic rage, the griping of Holden Caulfield, and the scandalous indiscretions of Madame Bovary herself all make a fresh and exciting kind of sense.

The ways we fall inand outof love, stand by our friends, compete against our enemies, and squabble with our families have their roots in biological imperatives we share not only with other primates but with an amazing array of other creatures. The result is a new way to read, a novel approach to novels (and plays) that reveals how human nature underlies literature, from the great to the not-so-great.

Using the cutting-edge ideas of contemporary Darwinism, the authors show how the heroes and heroines of our favorite stories have been molded as much by evolution as by the genius of their creators, revealing a gallery of characters from Agamemnon to Alexander Portnoy, who have more in common with birds, fish, and other mammals than we could ever have imagined.

As engaging and informative as a good story, Madame Bovarys Ovaries is both an accessible introduction to a fascinating area of science and a provocatively sideways look at our cherished literary heritage. Most of all, it shows in a delightfully enteraining way how science and literature shed light on each other.

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Jena Pincott -- Science Writer -- Author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? -- Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?

Jena Pincott -- Science Writer -- Author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? -- Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it

How Long Will Everyone Think Your Baby is Adorable?

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How Often Do People Lie In Their Daily Lives? | Psychology Today

How Often Do People Lie In Their Daily Lives? | Psychology Today | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
The Pinocchio Effect: Lying in Daily Life. By Gad Saad, Ph.D....
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Reason.tv: Evolutionary Psychologist Gad Saad on Consumerism, Sex, Advertising, and Human Nature - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Reason.tv: Evolutionary Psychologist Gad Saad on Consumerism, Sex, Advertising, and Human Nature - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
"The Ferrari is exactly the same in the human context," says evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad, "as the peacock's tail is on the peacock." Saad...
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Darwin, the Market Whiz

Darwin, the Market Whiz | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
When it comes to the concept of competition, Charles Darwin described economic reality far more accurately than Adam Smith, says Robert H. Frank in a new book.
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Empathy and Evolution

Empathy and Evolution | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
Psychologists distinguish two main components of empathy: cognitive empathy (knowing another person's thoughts and beliefs) and affective empathy (knowing another person's feelings and emotions). The degree of ...
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Lois Larsen's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:13 PM

Children don't understand someone ese's percepective until the age of abot four

 

 

Joe Hammonds's curator insight, May 6, 2014 9:18 AM

Fascinating article, was an interesting read.

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Humans Make Language, Language Makes Us Human | Floating University | Big Think

Humans Make Language, Language Makes Us Human | Floating University | Big Think | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of 'Social Emotional Learning' - Education - GOOD

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of 'Social Emotional Learning' - Education - GOOD | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution.
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Chip Heath - Made to Stick

Chip examines why certain ideas - ranging from urban legends to folk medical cures survive and prosper in the social marketplace of ideas. Why is it that urb...
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Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs & Steel

Best-selling author and scientist Dr. Jared Diamond joins Thom Hartmann in Conversations with Great Minds. They'll discuss his world famous books, Guns, Germ...
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Steven Pinker on language and thought | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose communicate much more than we realize.
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Symphony of Science - "Children of Africa" (The Story of Us)

http://symphonyofscience.com A musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructi...
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The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011

The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011 | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
What it means to be human, how pronouns are secretly shaping our lives, and why we believe.
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Joe Hammonds's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:14 AM

Some very interesting books on this list and I will definetly be adding them to my reading list! 

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Is our purpose in life to be happy?

Is our purpose in life to be happy? | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
A Blog by Andrés Roemer is a blog about an invitation to think, to reflect about our lives, and the world we live in.
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Steven Pinker - Human Nature’s Pathologist

Steven Pinker - Human Nature’s Pathologist | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
In his latest book, Steven Pinker, a leading advocate of evolutionary psychology, says our brains have produced a far less violent world.

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The Selfish Gene - Prologue

BBC/Richard Dawkins W.D Hamilton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._Hamilton...
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Richard Dawkins Explains Natural Selection | Richard Dawkins | Big Think

The famed evolutionary biologist summarizes his research into the genetic basis of evolution.
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Books of The Times - ‘Catching Fire’ by Richard Wrangham - Humans, the Cooking Apes - Review - NYTimes.com

Books of The Times - ‘Catching Fire’ by Richard Wrangham - Humans, the Cooking Apes - Review - NYTimes.com | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
“Catching Fire” is a plain-spoken and thoroughly gripping scientific essay that presents nothing less than a new theory of human evolution.
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The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins Teaches Children to Fight Myth with Science

The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins Teaches Children to Fight Myth with Science | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
What Scandinavian folklore has to do with DNA, or how to myth-bust creationism with the poetry of science.
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The Darwin Economy

Watch Professor Robert Frank as he argues that in the next century Charles Darwin will unseat Adam Smith as the intellectual founder of economics. Listen to ...
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Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure?
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Why do women have sex? (David Buss & Cindy Meston at CASW 2009)

Many of us think we know the answer to that one. Three obvious guesses might be: For pleasure, because theyre in love, or to have children. And we might thin...
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Income and Happiness: An Imperfect Link - New York Times

Income and Happiness: An Imperfect Link - New York Times | Evolutionary psychology | Scoop.it
Does money buy happiness? The debate is not just of philosophical interest; it also has important policy implications.
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Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny | Video on TED.com

 Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet?

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