With Mother Nature, U.S. anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy strides into the minefield, examining motherhood across cultures, historical periods. In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial. “As was the case for her earlier classic, Mother Nature, Sarah Hrdy’s Mothers and Others is a brilliant work on a profoundly important subject. The leading.

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Mothers and Others is a heroic contribution to this quest.

Mother Nature

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This chapter of the book alone is worth the price of purchase. We evolved to be wired for empathy for, consideration of, and intuition into how others are feeling. This is a big book, and it requires a big review. She has been selected as one of the 21 Leaders in Animal Behavior Of the billion humans who have ever lived and died, half of them were children under the age of five.

Mothers and Others

Day-care is the norm for our species, rather than a modern invention. In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist and mother Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. The nafure comes back around to describing what it is that children, in their own evolutionary wiliness, demand of us as parents, so it ends on the note of “But you motber be a good mother anyway.

Over generations, those youngsters better at inter-subjective engagement would have been best cared for and fed, leading to directional Darwinian selection favoring peculiarly human capacities for intersubjective engagement.


The book is riveting at first, but the focus begins to wander in the latter half. Sep 05, Pages.

If a family has few resources and low survival rates then it makes sense to breed as many as possible so that someone will be able to add the family genes to the future. Langur monkeys provide a particularly vivid example of old females who become simultaneously more self-sacrificing and heroic as they age.

For very good results, pair with the BBC series “Mammals”.

Here, a remark by DeVore regarding the relationship between crowding and the killing of infants would forever change her life. Jan 07, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: A read you will value forever. Because crying babies get fed to shut them up, and quiet wall flowers are seen as ‘too weak to make a mothed so are left to wither. Kathleen O’Grady is the product of many allomothers, including a great grandmother, a grandmother, a mother and three aunts, none of whom could be said to resemble June Cleaver.

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Hrdy does not describe how her perspective is consistent with her endorsement of kin selection which is a central tenant of sociobiological theory. Colicy babies exist because incessant crying was a winning strategy for infants in the fight for maternal investment across the eons.

She finds that human mothers do have instincts, of course, but they are not all stereotypically “maternal.


It is an anthropological T A E: Hrdy says there’s no pure genotype because genotypes hrcy get expressed within a context. There is so much I learned from it that I may struggle to get this review to resemble anything less than a rambling string of interesting facts and theories.

Review: Mother Nature, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy – The Globe and Mail

Other editions – View all Mother Nature: Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior. I read this book when I was pregnant with my anture child – and was convinced by Blaffer Hrdy’s arguments and facts. Hrdy, in short, challenges the reader to look at parenting from the perspective of evolutionary theory that makes “love” conditional, calculating and colder.

Oct 19, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: For he was a societally sanctioned specialist in eliminating old women deemed no longer useful.

I have long been extremely leery of evolutionary or biological explanations for differences between the urdy. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet – having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art – while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival.

Looking realistically at “mother nature: