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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That is, a good mother is an ambitious mother and nothing is more “natural” than a working mother. Your Inner Fish A Journey into the 3. This is a book everyone should read. In her nuanced, stunningly original interpretation of the relationships between mothers and fathers, mothers and babies, and mothers and their social groups, Hrdy offers not only a revolutionary new meaning to motherhood but an important new understanding of human evolution.

I love that it challenges our perceptions. Fascinating and, at times, unsettling.

Mother Nature

Praise “A truly monumental work, as elegant as it is insightful. Published January 22, Updated April 28, In motehr all mothers, in the struggle to guarantee both their own survival and that of their offspring, deal nimbly with competing demands and conflicting strategies.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Based on data from peoples like the Hadza, older women also appear to work harder, and more effectively.

Jun 09, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. Can we trust our memories? Then when nursemaids became all the rage, women got to have even more children because they stopped breast-feeding.


Mothers and Others

One fact alone emerges as absolute in Hrdy’s exhaustive inter-species research: It’s pretty sobering reading. Hfdy fit and wiry grandmothers, post-reproductive women in their fifties and sixties, forage the longest hours, dig deeper for tubers, and spend more time gathering berries and processing food than any other category of forager. Hrdy suggests that females in ancestral hunting and gathering groups may have thrived because they were free to be flexible in this way.

Over generations, those youngsters better at inter-subjective engagement would have been best cared for and fed, leading to directional Naature selection favoring peculiarly human capacities for intersubjective engagement.

She argues that human cooperation is rooted not in war making, as sociobiologists have believed, but in baby making and baby-sitting. Trivia About Mother Nature: I liked this book a lot, but I found it hard to decide what the author’s position was. Sex, Evolution, and Human Behavior.

Hrdy’s view is that there is no defined ‘maternal instinct’: InHrdy published Mother Nature: It was very brdy based on hard science, but in the end, I wasn’t sure what her point nwture – she seemed ambivalent about some key questions regarding a woman’s role in mothering. As I noted above, the book is tiresome on this issue. More from the same Author Mothers and Others.

Since before Darwin published his Origin of Species, working biologists held an either explicit or implicit bias towards males. We spontaneously look for features in a baby’s face to match the father as if we’re trying to confirm paternity, because the baby’s maternity is never in doubt.


Sarah Blaffer Hrdy looks exhaustively at the biological data regarding mothers of all species, and explodes the Victorian archetype of the sexless, submissive, and nuturing wife and mother.

In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.

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

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 hrdu to and solicit help from others. Retrieved 21 December We are experiencing technical difficulties. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer HGTor the movement of genes across species lines.

Review also appears on my blog: Jan 18, Cortney rated it it was amazing. Looking realistically at “mother nature: Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living.

Mar 07, Lynne Williamson rated it it was amazing. Within that framework, Hrdy states that, “I assume that mothers in the past were emotionally similar to me. Want to Read saving….