Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

Rob Brooks


Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

  • Title: Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World
  • Author: Rob Brooks
  • ISBN: 9781742231600
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback



Why are people getting fatter Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27 Is there any hope of curbing population growth, rampant consumerism and the environmental devastation they wreak Evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty first century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economicWhy are people getting fatter Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27 Is there any hope of curbing population growth, rampant consumerism and the environmental devastation they wreak Evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks argues that the origins of these twenty first century problems can be found where the ancient forces of evolution collide with modern culture and economics In Sex, Genes and Rock n Roll Brooks explores a tasting platter of topics, from the frivolous to the tragic falling in love, making music, our obsession with rock n roll, sexual conflict, fertility, obesity, consumption, ageing and illustrating how evolution stands alongside economics, anthropology, psychology and political science in shaping our world.


Recent Comments "Sex, Genes and Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World"

Wasn't a fan of the science he used.

Rob Brooks (professor of University of New South Wales) believes that many issues facing our world (obesity, overpopulation, even why we love Rock Stars) can be better understood through the lens of evolutionary biology and the simple principals of natural selection. A few ideas Brooks supports:When the population moved from hunter/gatherer to agriculture the availability of carbohydrates increased dramatically and so did Obesity and tooth decay (dentists should be thankful). According to the WH [...]

Very interesting and a lot of fun to read. Probably pitched more at folks who haven't read a lot of evolution, but there is plenty in there for folks who read evolution and economics books like Dawkins, Jared Diamond or even Malcolm Gladwell.This book isn't really a single argument toward one major point. It's more a set of different topics about how evolution effects our lives. There are chapters on obesity and the evolution of diet, why different countries have different obesity rates, populat [...]

Easy reading and nothing really new except for the idea of eating being limited by protein available for intake and the interactive quantitive relationship with carbohydrates. But as the cover suggests is for popular consumption so not likely to have detailed information about how statistics were gathered and analysed. Possibly a poor reflection on academia, being offered time and money to write this pop analysis!

I found this book underwhelming. I was hoping to have more of the theories to be backed up with studies. It appeared that most of the theories promoted in this book were created by following the logic of natural selection and finding facts that matched. I expected to fins this book more thought provoking, but it merely restated the same information from other sources. The most innovative chapters to me were at the end and the interesting theories about rock n roll.

Brooks does an excellent job explaining the concept of natural selection in the context of contemporary music culture and human sexual behavior. A very accessible and humorous read; this would be a great choice for a non-majors general biology class!

Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #175 on July 29, 2012, during an interview with author Rob Brooks. skepticallyspeaking/episode

An interesting, well-written book about some of the things I find most fascinating. Notably, human behaviour. Highly recommended.


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