“… a single unifying starting point for understanding why we think and
behave as we do today: natural selection has made us this way”. (p.
“A ‘sweet tooth’ is adaptive when sugar is relatively rare, but not in
present conditions when sweet foods are constantly available. The
fight –and-flight response is adaptive for responding actively to
predators, but not when trapped in a traffic jam.” p. 417.
“ relatives of newborns should comment disproportionately on the
infant’s resemblance to the father rather than the mother” (p. 415)
“An example provided by Buss was that women have evolved preferences
for men who are high in status” (p.415)
“we are walking archives of ancestral wisdom” (Cronin, 1991, p3)
“The past explains the present” (Tooby and Cosmides, 1990, p375)