Evolution and Human Behavior

Evolution and Human Behavior

by John Cartwright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262032813

ISBN-13: 9780262032810

Pub. Date: 07/24/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

The past decade has seen an upsurge of interest in the application of evolutionary thinking to the study of human behavior. This introductory book provides an overview of the key theoretical principles of human sociobiology and evolutionary psychology and shows how they illuminate the ways humans think and behave. The book takes as one of its main premises the idea

Overview

The past decade has seen an upsurge of interest in the application of evolutionary thinking to the study of human behavior. This introductory book provides an overview of the key theoretical principles of human sociobiology and evolutionary psychology and shows how they illuminate the ways humans think and behave. The book takes as one of its main premises the idea that we think, feel, and act in ways that once enhanced the reproductive success of our ancestors.

The book covers fundamental issues such as the origins and function of sexual reproduction, mating behavior, human mate choice, patterns of violence in families, altruistic behavior, the evolution of brain size and the origins of language, the modular mind, and the relationship between genes and culture. It also examines the larger implications of Darwinism for how we view ourselves as a species and our sense of ourselves as a moral animal. The book includes a valuable historical introduction to evolutionary theories of behavior and concludes with an examination of the social and political ramifications of evolutionary thought. It contains numerous diagrams and illustrations, comprehensive references, summaries, and suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262032810
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/24/2000
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents


Fundamentals of the Evolutionary Approach     1
Historical Introduction: Evolution and Theories of Mind and Behaviour, Darwin and After     3
Darwinism, Inclusive Fitness and the Selfish Gene     30
Sex, Sexual Selection and Life History Theory     51
Foundations of Darwinian Psychology     79
Human Evolution and its Consequences     93
The Evolution of Homo Sapiens     95
Encephalisation and the Emergence of the Human Mind     115
Cognition and Emotion     145
Modularity, Cognition and Reasoning     147
Emotions     171
Cooperation and Conflict     189
Kin Selection and Altruism     191
Conflict Within Families and Other Groups     211
Mating and Mate Choice     229
Human Sexual Behaviour: Mating Systems and Mating Strategies     231
Human Mate Choice: the Evolutionary Logic of Sexual Desire     247
Incest Avoidance and the Westermarck Effect     271
The Disordered Mind     285
Mental Disorders: Some Theoretical Approaches     287
Mental Disorders: Some Case Studies     305
Wider Contexts     325
The Evolution of Culture: Genes and Memes     327
Ethics     343
Epilogue: The Use and Abuse of Evolutionary Theory     361
Glossary     376
Bibliography     387
Index     411

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