Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior

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A leading evolutionary psychologist probes the unconscious instincts behind American consumer culture

Illuminating the hidden reasons for why we buy what we do, Spent applies evolutionary psychology to the sensual wonderland of marketing and perceived status that is American consumer culture. Geoffrey Miller starts with the theory that we purchase things to advertise ourselves to others, and then examines other factors that dictate what we spend money on. With humor and insight, Miller analyzes an array of product choices and deciphers what our decisions say about ourselves, giving us access to a new way of understanding-and improving-our behaviors to become happier consumers.

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Acclaimed psychologist Geoffrey Miller uses evolutionary biology to reveal how the dizzying, brand-saturated world of modern consumerism really works. (2004-03-15)

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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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