Games Primates Play An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships

ISBN-10: 046502078X
ISBN-13: 9780465020782
Edition: 2012
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Most humans don’t realize that when they exchange emails with someone, anyone, they are actually exhibiting certain unspoken rules about dominance and hierarchy. The same rules regulate the exchange of grooming behavior in rhesus macaques or chimpanzees. Interestingly, some of the major aspects of human nature have profound commonalities with our ape ancestors: the violence of war, the intensity of love, the need to live together.While we often assume that our behavior in everyday situations reflects our unique personalities, the choices we freely make, or the influences of our environment, we rarely consider that others behave in these situations in almost the exact the same way as we do. InGames Primates Play, primatologist Dario Maestripieri examines the curious unspoken customs that govern our behavior. These patterns and customs appear to be motivated by free will, yet they are so similar from person to person, and across species, that they reveal much more than our selected choices.Games Primates Playuncovers our evolutionary legacy: the subtle codes that govern our behavior are the result of millions of years of evolution, predating the emergence of modern humans. To understand the rules that govern primate games and our social interactions, Maestripieri arms readers with knowledge of the scientific principles that ethologists, psychologists, economists, and other behavioral scientists have discovered in their quest to unravel the complexities of behavior. As he realizes, everything from how we write emails to how we make love is determined by the legacy of our primate roots and the conditions that existed so long ago.An idiosyncratic and witty approach to our deep and complex origins,Games Primates Playreveals the ways in which our primate nature drives so much of our lives.

Dario Maestripieri is Associate Professor of Human Development, Psychology, and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.

Introduction
Dilemmas in the Elevator
The Obsession with Dominance
We Are All Mafiosi
Climbing the Ladder
Cooperate in the Spotlight, Compete in the Dark
The Economics and Evolutionary Biology of Love
Testing the Bond
Shopping for Partners in the Biological Market
The Evolution of Human Social Behavior
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index

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