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In the years following his and Francis Crick’s towering discovery of DNA, James Watson was obsessed with finding two things: RNA and a wife. Genes, Girls, and Gamow is the marvelous chronicle of those pursuits. Watson effortlessly glides between his heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious debacles in the field of love and his heady inquiries in the field of science. He also reflects with touching candor on some of science’s other titans, from fellow Nobelists Linus Pauling and the incorrigible Richard Feynman to Russian physicist George Gamow, who loved whiskey, limericks, and card... more
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Satoshi KanazawaHumans, just like all other species in nature, are largely unaware of the evolutionary logic behind their design. They know what they want, but they don’t usually know why they want it. (Source)

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Why do girls do so increasingly well at school, yet men still dominate senior positions in adult life? Susan Pinker takes a hard look at how fundamental gender differences play out at school and at work. less
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Satoshi KanazawaMany of the men who suffer from autism, nonetheless manage to pursue successful careers by working around and sometimes even taking advantage of their disabilities. (Source)

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Does biology help explain why women, on average, earn less money than men? Is there any evolutionary basis for the scarcity of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies? According to Kingsley Browne, the answer may be yes.

Biology at Work brings an evolutionary perspective to bear on issues of women in the workplace: the "glass ceiling," the "gender gap" in pay, sexual harassment, and occupational segregation. While acknowledging the role of discrimination and sexist socialization, Browne suggests that until we factor real biological differences between men and women into the equation,...
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Satoshi KanazawaBrowne’s book conclusively demonstrates that men on the whole make more money and attain higher status than women, simply because men want to make more money. (Source)

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If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, says noted psychologist David Buss, we must look into our evolutionary past. Based on the most massive study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first book to present a unified theory of human mating behavior.

Now in an updated edition with two new chapters by the author, The Evolution of Desire presents the latest research in the field,...
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Satoshi KanazawaMen sought youth and physical attractiveness in their mates, whereas women sought resources and status in theirs. (Source)

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We all know the opposite sex can be a baffling, even infuriating, species. Why do most men use the phone to exchange information rather than have a chat? Why do women love talking about relationships and feelings with their girlfriends while men seem drawn to computer games, new gadgets, or the latest sports scores? Does it really all just come down to our upbringing? In The Essential Difference, leading psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen confirms what most of us had suspected all along: that male and female brains are different. This groundbreaking and controversial study reveals the... more
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Satoshi KanazawaThis is one of the best popular books on the evolved sex differences in the brain. It explains how and why men’s and women’s brains have their distinct strengths and weaknesses. (Source)

Sue PalmerSimon Baron-Cohen is a professor at Cambridge who researches autism, the condition he thinks describes the extreme male brain. (Source)

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