What are the best non-fiction books about evolutionary psychology?

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    #1The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    The Language Instinct: How The Mind Creates Language is a non-fiction book written by the acclaimed cognitive psychologist, Steven Pinker. It was first published in 1994, and it seeks to explain the intersection of language and the mind.

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    Lauren Tran
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is a detailed psychology and intuition one. It connects our mostly important things that are the mind and the language we speak our minds. The book written by a psychologist makes a deep connection between the two parts and explains the human intuition."
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    #2The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are

    The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are
    The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are is a non-fiction book by Robert Wright, first published in 1994. It is a narrative on the evolution of human psychology, containing discussions on topics like friendship and rivalry.
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    Sai Kapoor
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great way to be introduced into evolutionary psychology. The book is extremely well written and filled with ideas that will that will have your brain working. The author does a great job to make you think hard and explore ideas that you might not have thought of before. If you're into figuring out why humans are the way we are, this is a must read. "
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    #3The Blank Slate

    The Blank Slate
    The Blank Slate is a book by Steven Pinker. This book explains how the social influence makes us believe in a certain definition. It proposes that the mind is a blank slate that acquires its belief depending on the societal belief. 
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    Tejas Patil
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great book about the human condition and could change the way to perceive the evolution of your person. I really like a lot of the ideas presented here, about how our actions and personalities are not necessarily determined by genetics, but rather the environments in which we spend out formative years. Great read."
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    #4The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    This Richard Dawkins' book on evolution explains how it is genes, rather than individuals, that are truly in charge of evolution of species, which would be the reason why two individuals who are very close genetically tend to act selflessly with the other. 

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    Ralph Valdez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    " This book is great. I like the way this book explains how the genes impact our bodies. There were many interesting insights that Richard Dawkins has presented in this book. Sometimes I felt like the writing was just lectures, and if the writing was consistent I feel like that this book would’ve been even better. Some of the theories in this book really didn’t match what is going on in reality, but I don’t want to knit pick too much."
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    #5The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature is a non-fiction book written by Matt Ridley, first published in 1993. It seeks to explain the evolutionary principles behind gender roles and the behaviors of different sexes.

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    Amy Peters
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a dense classic for those whose interests include research and hard sciences. I enjoyed this book, but my background includes research in the social sciences. I would also note, that there are some other seminal writers out there that you might find equally compelling. As it is, I read this because this is my avocation (as a social scientist). If I gave this to a neighbor or friend, for some light reading, I'm pretty sure they'd yawn and put it down. "
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    #6Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

    Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

    Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book by Daniel C. Dennett, first published in 2006. It seeks to explain the principle of religion as a social construct brought about by the evolution of human psychology.

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    Anna Fowler
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I just thought this one was okay. I got lost in a lot of the book and had to go back and read again. It's very hard to explain to others that have asked me about the book but I do recommend trying it out and seeing for yourself how you like it."
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    #7The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating

    The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating
    The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating is a non-fiction book written by psychologist David M. Buss, first published in 1994. It seeks to explain the evolutionary principles behind human mating behavior. 
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    Bryan Andrews
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I am taking a course on Psychology and I picked out The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating to do a report on. This book was fantastic. It was a very interesting read, but in everyday language. Would highly recommend to anyone studying the topic "
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    #8The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee is written by Pulitzer Prize awardee Jared Diamond about how humans are connected with chimpanzees. This book explains how 98 percent of gene sharing will make a difference in evolution. 

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    Bruce Chen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "For a class on evolutionary psychology, I borrowed The Third Chimpanzee from my university library system. The introduction was a bit dry; but the content provoked my thoughts to question why humans differentiate themselves from other mammals. "
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    #9Origin Of Species

    Origin Of Species

    Charles Darwin's masterwork where he explains the theory of the evolution of the species through the natural selection. This is one of the most important scientific books ever published.

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    Austin Jimenez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Charles Darwin's masterpiece on the theory of evolution is a must read book about the origin of species. It's been used for teaching for the past century, and is a cornerstone of any biological species study. I would recommend anyone that has interest in the subject to get a copy of it."
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    #10Consciousness Explained

    Consciousness Explained

    Daniel C. Dennett's Consciousness Explained is a national bestseller and one of the New York Times Book Review's ten best books of 1991. The psychology book was published on February 7th, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company.

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    Olivia May
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I have been fascinated by Psychology for many years and often find myself picking up a text book to see what the latest research is saying. Dennett’s book is an interesting read, but it is written in the style of an old text with the information you’d expect to see in a Sunday blog online. A lot of the research is suspect or his conclusions are not fully supported. If you are just starting to learn about this subject I’d recommend finding another source first. "
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    #11The Mating Mind

    The Mating Mind

    The Mating Mind is a book written by Geoffrey Miller. The Mating Mind was published on April 17, 2001 by Anchor Books. The book is mentioned and/or recommended by David Deangelo during his programs.

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    Rakesh Lobo
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "It has good reviews and it seems to be part of that same kind of subject"
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    #12Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud wherein he discusses three topics such as Sexual Abberations, Infantile Sexuality, and Transformations of Puberty. 

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    Sharon Qin
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Sigmund Freud has led the way in the field of Psychology, but lately, there have been a lot better findings. He was obsessed with a few key ideas, but the human mind is much more complex than that. He focused on mostly sexuality, where there is a lot more that drives a person. Thus, his essays would not be the best choice for learning about evolutionary psychology."
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    #13The Ego and the Id

    The Ego and the Id

    The Ego and the Id is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud wherein he discusses the theory of mind he first set forth three years earlier in Beyond the Pleasure Principle.
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    James Brown
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Although his teachings are considered by some to be out of date, there is still an incredible amount to absorb in this work. Freud's work was groundbreaking, and is credited with being hugely important in bringing about modern psychological ideas. The Ego and the Id is absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in evolutionary psychology. Easily ranks as one of the most important books written in the field of psychology."
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    #14Studies on Hysteria

    Studies on Hysteria
    Studies on Hysteria is a non-fiction book written by Josef Breuer, and Sigmund Freud which includes an in-depth discussion of psychoanalysis featuring the case of Anna O. 
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    Zachary Russell
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "While this can be appreciated for its historical value, it is certainly outdated and not of much use in regards to modern psychology. Still, if viewed from an entertainment lens, it is still an interesting read."

Summary

Best What are the best non-fiction books about evolutionary psychology
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates LanguageBooks 41 Paid
2The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We AreBooks 37 Paid
3The Blank SlateBooks 35 Paid
4The Selfish GeneBooks 32 Paid
5The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureBooks 31 Paid
6Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural PhenomenonBooks 28 Paid
7The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human MatingBooks 27 Paid
8The Third ChimpanzeeBooks 24 Paid
9Origin Of SpeciesBooks 22 Paid
10Consciousness ExplainedBooks 21 Paid
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