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The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating
David M. Buss, Ph.D.
University of Texas, Austin

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question, we must look into our evolutionary past. This talk delves into the complexities of human mating strategies, starting with the largest study of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people from 37 cultures worldwide. It presents a unified theory of human mating. Drawing on a wide range of examples of mating behavior—from lovebugs to elephant seals, from the Tiwi of Northern Australia to online dating apps—the talk reveals what women want, what men want, why people commit infidelity, and why the desires of the genders radically differ. Love has a central place in human sexual psychology, but conflict, competition, and manipulation pervade human mating—something we must confront in order to control our own mating destiny.

David M. Buss is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. He is considered the world’s leading scientific expert on the evolution of desire and one of the founding fathers of evolutionary psychology.

Buss has more than 300 scientific publications and has been cited as one of the 30 most influential living psychologists. He has also authored several books, including The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating; Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind; The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex.

His work focuses on understanding human nature through evolutionary perspectives and how psychology drives our relationships with others and the way we form alliances.

It is with great pleasure that ISN presents Professor David Buss at our Inaugural Public Lecture.

For more information please contact at reception on (03) 9456 9188 or at reception@isn.edu.au

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