SURVIVAL OF THE PRETTIEST: THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY

SURVIVAL OF THE PRETTIEST: THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY

By: Etcoff, Nancy

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A provocative and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, skewering the myth that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavi or. In Survival of the Prettiest, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Med ical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital , argues that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of th e fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism--it'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 civilization--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--suddenly 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.

Title: SURVIVAL OF THE PRETTIEST: THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY

Author Name: Etcoff, Nancy

Categories: General Non-Fiction,

Publisher: Anchor: 2000

ISBN Number: 0385479425

ISBN Number 13: 9780385479424

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000047903