Humans are promiscuous and polygamous by nature, according to a new book by David Barash. The zoologist, psychologist and well-known author of the seminal work from 2001 The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People, affirms in his new book that people are promiscuous and polygamous by nature.
As in the older book, in his new work Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of polygamy Barash sums up the current state of scientific knowledge from various scientific disciplines. For him, the result is unequivocally that promiscuity and polygamy are the oldest natural impulses of man, while monogamy arose late and can not be called natural, but rather a conscious decision, which is always in conflict with our natural instincts and therefore causes problems. Nonetheless Barash thinks polygamy is outdated and monogamy better suited for our time.
The brief description above is a summary of various English-language book reviews and interviews. As soon as I have read the book, I’ll write a review.
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