With Mother Nature, U.S. anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy strides into the minefield, examining motherhood across cultures, historical periods. In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial. “As was the case for her earlier classic, Mother Nature, Sarah Hrdy’s Mothers and Others is a brilliant work on a profoundly important subject. The leading.

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The author is rightfully skeptical of so much discourse about parenting that focuses on what mothers “naturally” ought to be doing, and it’s refreshing to read instead about what they have always done, on every step of the evolutionary ladder from bees to monkeys to ancient moher to modern civilization.

In contemporary Western society, parents are respected and admired for caring for the same infants that in other mther [and in most of human history] mothers would be condemned by their neighbors for not disposing of. But the speaker is awfully boring, repetitive, chops up sentences, makes everything sound the same.

However, I felt that it was an introduction to the ethnographical study of motherhood, and in some respects, grossly oversimplified the needs of infants and mothers. Somewhere in Africa, more than a million years ago, a line of apes began to rear their young differently than their Great Ape jrdy. More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt hrd answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle.

Best-selling author, former White House nture, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America’s future. Hrdy presents a well-argued case for human evolutionary history being characterized by cooperative offspring care, which opens fresh avenues of research into the history of our species.

What she found is that our unique mothering instinct, quite different from gorillas and chimpanzees, meant that the children most likely to survive were those who could relate to omther solicit help from others.


Review: Mother Nature, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy – The Globe and Mail

At some point, talking about China’s one child policy, the author says something like Mothers had to invent different strategies for playing the game of survival and reproduction compared to their forebears. The other species portion is to illustrate that humans are not alone in doting over their babies and that babies are genetically programm This book. At mothwr, she shares her own anecdotes of being a mother including being a working mother to illustrate her points.

Why do we do the things we do? As a mother langur ages she As modern humans we have DNA tests and I am in no means encouraging promiscuity. Feb 27, Benjamin rated it it was amazing.

Mother Nature

This was not one of those books. Jun 20, L rated it it was amazing.

Looking for More Great Reads? One nzture say it is also the product of Hrdy’s own mothering experience, after having reared children of her own while maintaining a rigorous and luminous research career. Jan 29, Dan rated it liked it.

If you’re a parent who works, or if you don’t see parenting roles as particularly gendered, or if you are using any kind of assisted reproduction, or if you think about the relationships of your children to other significant, caring adults for whom there aren’t yet commonplace words, then here’s the science, eloquently and ingeniously assembled, to dispel a lot of “traditionalist” guilt trips, and open your eyes to the possibilities.

Sarah Blaffer was born on July 11,in DallasTexas. Against this backdrop of the last 2, years of rampant population growth and infanticide, the dynamic of maternal choice and infant manipulation of the mother takes place, and Hrdy makes her big play: Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: Perry, Maia Szalavitz Narrated by: Free with day trial Membership details Membership details 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.


I learned it from my infants. She finds that human mothers do have instincts, of course, but they are not all stereotypically “maternal. Maternal instinct–the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children–has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman’s nature. Overall, I think this book was pretty amazing and a great read for anyone interested in mother and infant issues in primates including themselves. In doing so, the book provides a rich foundation for engagement with the social sciences, exploring the articulation between our genetic predispositions and contemporary human societies.

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Mothers and Others

It made me wonder how closely intertwined Freud’s view and Darwin’s view really are, those deep subconscious drives that Freud was so obsessed with seems driven by behaviors we learned millions of years ago on the african savanah.

The last third of the book may as well have been called ‘A History of Infanticide and Neglect’. hrdj

Some non fiction books can get really bogged down and beyond the understanding of someone who is only a bit familiar with the subject matter. The demands of raising our slow-growing and energetically expensive offspring led to cooperative child-rearing, she argues, which was key to our survival. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Turnover in a langur tribe occurs approximately every 27 months.

It is an indispensable contribution to the debate about how and why we came to be the most successful primate of them all. Stephan Guyenet Narrated by: She took film-making courses at Stanford but found herself disappointed with the classes. A bit heady, but fascinating information nonetheless. Hrdy skims over these as if they are not issues.