Last week I stopped by the town library since I had a little time to kill before picking up one of my daughters from her soccer practice. As is my custom I made my way over to the new releases section and began looking through the nonfiction books. Nonfiction is the way to go. Anyway, I didn't see anything good in the sports section (796. on your Dewey Decimal dial) nor were there any appealing history books. So I looked around a bit more in other categories when suddenly something caught my eye. This one particular book nearly jumped out at me and screamed "Read me!" The title is: Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
Folks, I am living proof.
As a father of 3 children that are all girls, I can clearly identify with this. This just prooves what I've been saying for years - my wife and I are beautiful. Now there is no argument.
Feel free to infer that if you can't produce many daughters you are ugly.
The two evolutionary psychologists, Alan Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa, that wrote the book explain why we do what we do. The book is a good read and provides a background to human history and facets of our human nature. In a nutshell, what they are saying is that since mankind spent millions of years living on the plains of Africa we are fundamentally a product of that lifestyle. Although we began living an agriculturally-based lifestyle about 10,000 years ago, we have retained many facets of that longer period of our development. The "Savanna Principle" that is proposed states that our brain has difficulty comprehending and dealing with situations that did not exist in the ancestral environment. And it also explores some of our choices, such as who we pick as a mate, jealousy, spatial recognition, and how we interact with others.
Although I'm only a quarter of the way through it, I find the book to be interesting and provide insight into why we humans are the way we are and do the things we do. Besides, its title and what they propose is spot on as far as I am concerned.