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Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

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In this provocative, witty, and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, Nancy Etcoff skewers one of our culture's most enduring myths, that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior. Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, skewers the enduring myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior.

Etcoff puts forth that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism, but instead is in our biology. It's an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilizatoin--and 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 beauty--both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner--become understandable. Moreover, if we come to understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our interests, and not soley for the interests of our genetic tendencies.

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In this provocative, witty, and expertly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, psychologist Nancy Etcoff skewers the enduring myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior; instead "sensitivity to beauty is to a very large extent hard-wired in the human brain" ("The Wall Street Journal"). Illustrations.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-310) and index.

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Nancy Etcoff lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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opticalfitzpat, November 12, 2009 (view all comments by opticalfitzpat)
I only read the excerpt, but I enjoyed it so far. It has been my observation that the prettiest do not survive marriage. This seems (at my level of observation) to be true not only in Hollywood, but in all types of society, all classes, etc. It would seem that this hypothesis could be checked rather easily.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385479424
Author:
Etcoff, Nancy
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Beauty, Personal
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Sexual attraction
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 220A
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.875 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this provocative, witty, and expertly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, psychologist Nancy Etcoff skewers the enduring myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior; instead "sensitivity to beauty is to a very large extent hard-wired in the human brain" ("The Wall Street Journal"). Illustrations.
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