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Readership: An important book of wide interest - all those interested in the evolution of emotions and evolutionary psychology more generally, as well as the impact of disgust in particular on our wider attitudes.
Valerie Curtis, Director of the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Valerie Curtis is an anthropologist and Director of the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2002 she founded a global public-private partnership involving Unicef, the World Bank, Proctor and Gamble to promote handwashing. She is the author of a number of important research papers and has written for a range of magazines, newspapers, and journals, including New Scientist and The Economist. She regularly appears on television and
"...for a book riddled with rancid and revolting things, Don't Look, Don't Touch is suprisingly difficult to put down." - Nicola K.S.Davis, TLS
"Thanks to the recent development of evolutionary psychology, scientists understand disgust, its function, and its mechanisms as never before. Moving with ease across disciplines and from theory to arresting concrete examples, Valerie Curtis shares in this highly readable book the findings and questions of this new science of disgust, to which she has been a main contributor." - Dan Sperber, cognitive scientist at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris and Central European University,
"Gross! Yuck! Ew! The psychology of disgust has turned into one of the hottest topics in the human sciences. It's tied in surprising ways to health, nutrition, sex, evolution, even religion and morality. Valerie Curtis, one of the deepest thinkers and cleverest researchers on this part of human nature, turns revulsion into fascination." - Steven Pinker, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature
Preface: Unweaving the rainbow
1: Evasion of the body snatchers
2: Into the hot zone
3: Disgust's diversity
4: Maner Mayks man
5: Moral disgust
6: Why disgust matters
Epilogue: The unfinished story
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