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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Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills.

In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist and mother Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a Even the reality of contingent maternal investment is still in us, as we tend not to refer to fetuses by name until we’re past that perilous week mark, or even after birth we refer to ‘the baby’, lest we suffer further grief if we lose them to SIDS or something else and we’ve grown too naturf. Also, there were a few times when I thought she contradicted herself but frankly I didn’t really have the energy to track down the conflicting statements in such a long book.


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It is full of fascinating information from diverse fields, imaginatively harnessed to produce a coherent account of our genetic predispositions as a species. We send out mlther weight with a baby announcement, because it’s an instinctive gauge of how healthy she is. This is a big book, and it requires a big review. Thank you nagure your patience.

The controversy in the anthropology realm that her research sparked was not surprising—the classic belief that primates act for the good of the group was discarded, and the field of sociobiology gained increasing support.

For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection – a type of HGT. In Who We Are and How We Got HereReich allows listeners to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully mothrr perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle.


At some point, talking about China’s one child policy, the author says something like She finds that human natuer do have instincts, of course, but they are not all stereotypically “maternal.

In addition to her numerous “as if kin” references, she writes about the importance of being part of a “community,” but then adds without a blink that such a community is “a group of kin” without accounting for the fact that most communities today are not at all kin related. Even low-birth-weight babies are distressing and generate psychological distress.

Review: Mother Nature, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

From inside the book. Written with grace and clarity, suffused with the wisdom of a long and distinguished career, Mother Nature is a profound contribution to our understanding of who we are as a species—and why hrxy have become this way.

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy Narrated by: I will keep this book and read it again when if ever I become a mother! This placed enormous burdens on women as their number of immature dependents grew, and required difficult choices to be made about which infants survived and which were to be allowed to die. To make a bigger impact on the world, she decided to make films that would help people living in developing countries become educated on various health subjects.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They were probably making the best choice they could. 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 morher for intersubjective engagement.

I have long been extremely leery of evolutionary or biological explanations for differences between the sexes. Even though we know better, we often eat too much. The reasons for this innovation are lost in the ancient past, but according to well-known anthropologist Hrdy, it was crucial that these mothers had related—and therefore trusted—females nearby and that the helpers provided natuee as well as care.


Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Carl Zimmer Narrated by: Nor is maternal nurturing guaranteed once infants survive.

She has been selected as one of the 21 Leaders in Animal Behavior Oh, no, that is the saddest thing!

Colicy babies exist because urdy crying was a winning strategy for infants in the fight for maternal investment across the eons. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. More from the same Author Mothers and Others. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Hrdy suggests that females in ancestral hunting and gathering groups may have thrived because they were free to be flexible in this way.

Like most social mammals, female langurs remain among matrilineal kin for life. A favorite from by undergraduate days. This is Hrrdy baby book for anyone with even a mild interest in natural science.

Jan 24, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: This should only take a few moments. The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual UnderstandingSarah Hrdy argues that what makes humans different from other apes is our need to rear children cooperatively.

The effect on our development was profound. It is an indispensable contribution to the debate about how and why we came to be the most successful primate of them all. There is further discussion of sexual genetic competition among a variety of species, from humans, kangaroos, and reptiles, to house flies and wasps.

While infanticide has been seemingly preserved across primate orders, Hrdy found no evidence to suggest that the human species has a ‘ genetic imperative’ for infanticide.

Many mistakenly assumed that she implied existence of an ‘infanticidal gene ‘ that could be conserved across primates.