IN PRAISE OF DR. HELEN FISHER

“…something of the Queen Mum of romance research.”  Time magazine, January 28, 2008, p. 56.

This is a special sub-section of this portion of the web site and it is entirely intended to praise Dr. Helen Fisher for her scientific research in female sexuality with an evolutionary perspective. Dr. Fisher has chosen to frame Darwin’s theory of sexual selection by another phrase that is popular with the common person; that phrase is called - “romance.”  Many in the evolutionary community argue that “romance” – the non-physical selection process in evolution – is the mechanism that started the human species on its divergent path away from the primates.  Also see, Geoffry Miller’s work, The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature.
In this section I intend to review all five of Dr. Fisher books to encourage all those common people to follow in her foot steps along with the other greats of evolutionary thinking.  It is just my choice to focus on feminism from an evolutionary perspective towards the remaining years of study and writing that I have remaining -- perhaps 20 more.


The following bio has been lifted from The Good Life Networks, which was lifted from various sources, including Dr. Fisher's words herself.  In the bio, you will see a shift from 3rd person to 1st person – pay it no mind.


Helen received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Colorado with a dissertation on the evolution of human female sexuality and the origin of the nuclear family.  She has been on the national lecture circuit since 1983.  Her lectures include speeches at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, University of Michigan, Cornell University, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Fortune magazine, as well as academic and business conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe. For her work in communicating anthropology to the lay public, she received the American Anthropological Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 1985.

Dr Helen Fisher is a graduate of Rutgers University, a world-renowned biological anthropologist and an expert in the science of human attraction.  Her long-standing research helped Match.com in the development of a new relationship site, called Chemistry.com.  First introduced in early 2006, Chemistry.com features a Chemistry Profile™ personality assessment and matching system, which were both developed in collaboration with me.

In addition to serving as Chemistry.com's scientific advisor, Fisher has authored four books and many articles in scientific journals and popular magazines. Her perspective on love, sexuality, women, and gender differences is featured in major news outlets such as Time magazine, National Public Radio, NBC, the BBC and CNN.  As a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher focuses on the role of biology in human love and sexuality.

The following four book reviews/essays are books written by Dr. Fisher; one to go.

Why We Love: The Nature & Chemistry of Romantic Love

by Dr. Helen Fisher
Henry Holt, New York, 2004
Book Review by William A. Spriggs
Origin: June 14th, 2009

The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior
By Helen E. Fisher
William Morrow & Company, Inc., New York, 1982
Book Review by William A. Spriggs
Origin: April 24, 2008

Anatomy of Love: The Mysteries of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray.
By Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
Fawcett Columbine, New York, 1992
Book Review by William A. Spriggs
Origin: July 4th, 2008

The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World
by Helen Fisher, Ph.d.
Random House: New York, 1999

Book Review by William A. Spriggs

I’m currently working on an actual book review for First Sex, but because of my neighborhood involvements, I fine that it is becoming harder and harder to accomplish my evolutionary writings. Just hang in there; I will eventually get a review done.  But I am proud to announce that I finally finished my four year old project of separating the sexes of the book into the links below.  I have included a link to the sex separation that I did find within the DSM-IV

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