Why do we buy? Why are so many of our consumer choices simply a waste of time, energy, and money? How does advertising really work? And why are pregnant women more racist than the rest of us? In this brilliantly original, provocative and witty book, Geoffrey Miller - acclaimed author of The Mating Mind - uses evolutionary psychology to explain the phenomenon of modern brand-driven consumerism. Traversing the murky terrains of marketing, advertising, brands, media, genetics, neuroscience and the latest advances in evolutionary biology to explore human behavior, Spent argues that many of our product choices are driven by the desire not to feel good, but to look good, by displaying our evolutionary fitness to those around us. At once a searing critique of the excesses of twenty-first-century consumerism and a masterful new take on understanding how the mind works, Spent is a radical, timely and original book. (2004-03-15)From the Back Cover:
Praise for The Mating Mind: 'Miller is the real thing, and his wonderfully readable book should be read by everyone with a taste for serious ideas.' Independent 'Delightful - a fine work of scholarship by somebody with fresh and exciting ideas to offer for understanding the human mind' Matt Ridley ‘Thoughtful, witty and vividly written… It is a work of advocacy, and Miller is a beguilingly skilled advocate.’ Richard Dawkins ‘A book that broadened my horizons… Firmly and surefootedly restores sexual selection to its important role in understanding how (and why) our human minds came to differ from the ‘wild’ minds of other animals’ Daniel Dennett in the TLS Books of the Year ‘Written with grace and wit while conveying a new and world-changing scientific theory… Miller's prose is as fluent, clever, and epigrammatic as a good novelist's.’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Consistently penetrating and ingenious… I hope that there will be a second edition of The Mating Mind in due course - or even seven, like Darwin's Origin of Species.’ Galen Strawson in the Financial Times
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