*Mate*, by Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller
I’ve found Geoffrey Miller’s earlier books quite interesting, even if I didn’t always agree with them. A few years ago, however, he had a um…Twitter mishap…and since then I’ve been wondering what would emerge from that process.
His new book is…different. Think of it as a guide to dating and mating for males, but unlike the pick-up artists he (with Max) focuses on the separating rather than the pooling equilibrium. That is, he advises men to actually be better men, and not just to send clever signals, and so the subtitle is Become the Man Women Want. Hard to argue with that, right?
The advice covers such recommendations as “Focus on the women who seem interested in you.” (p.257) and “Hang out with Intelligent People” (p.127), among other maxims. Didn’t Nietzsche come up with a few of those? Or was it Norman Vincent Peale?
Be aware that “She’s been dealing with creepy douchebags for a long time”; that’s a subheader (p.35).
Is it true that “Most guys have sexually repulsive feet, and women notice.”? (p.206) MR readers are not always the ones to ask.
At first I thought I’ve never seen a market product so cleverly designed to segregate the actual buyers from those who will find it of value, but it has lots of five-star reviews on Amazon. Sadly enough, maybe America really needs this book.
Addendum: Here is Robin Hanson’s review.