Evolution of Human Behavior

Evolution of Human Behavior

by Agustin Fuentes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195333594

ISBN-13: 9780195333596

Pub. Date: 12/05/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Evolution of Human Behavior is the first text to synthesize and compare the major proposals for human behavioral evolution from an anthropological perspective. Ideal for courses in the evolution of human behavior, human evolutionary ecology, evolutionary psychology, and biological anthropology, this unique volume reviews a wide array of approaches-including human

Overview

Evolution of Human Behavior is the first text to synthesize and compare the major proposals for human behavioral evolution from an anthropological perspective. Ideal for courses in the evolution of human behavior, human evolutionary ecology, evolutionary psychology, and biological anthropology, this unique volume reviews a wide array of approaches-including human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, memetics, and gene-culture co-evolution-on how and why humans evolved behaviorally. Its overview of current and emerging theoretical practices and perspectives offers a novel resource for both students and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195333596
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/05/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 The Relevance of Understanding Human Behavioral Evolution 3

Theories and Hypotheses about Behavioral Evolution: Why Are They Relevant? 5

Evolution Is Frequently Misunderstood 5

We Need to Understand Who We Are 6

Practical Issues such as Medicine and Public Health Can Benefit from an Understanding of Behavioral Evolution 7

Misunderstanding Human Behavioral Evolution Can Result in Potentially Dangerous Ideas 8

A Simple Example of Behavioral Evolution 11

Mutation 13

Gene Flow 13

Genetic Drift 14

Selection 14

Development 14

Why Give This Example? 14

2 Why We Behave Like Humans: Historical Perspectives and Basal Assumptions 16

Charles Darwin and the Descent of Man 17

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Evolution of the Mind 19

Between Darwin and Sociobiology 21

Spencer, Baldwin, and Morgan: Biology, Psychology, and the Behavioral Evolution of the Human Mind 21

The Modern Synthesis 24

Washburns' New Physical Anthropology, and the Emergence of an Evolutionary Anthropology of Behavior 26

Tinbergen's Four Questions and Their Impact on the Understanding of Behavior 28

The Revolution of Sociobiology, Kin Selection, and Selfish Genes: The New Synthesis 29

Hamilton and Kin Selection 30

Robert Trivers and Reciprocal Altruism 31

E.O. Wilson, Evolutionary Sociobiology and the Autocatalysis Model 32

Dawkins and the Selfish Gene 34

Suggested Readings 36

3 Modern Perspectives for Understanding Human Behavioral Evolution: A Review of Basic Assumptions, Structures, and Practice 37

Human Behavioral Ecology 38

Basic Overview of HBE 39

Evolutionary Psychology 44

The Adapted Mind 45

Goals and Methods 47

Contrast withSSSM Specific Approach 48

Gene-Culture Coevolution (or Dual Inheritance Theory) 52

Memetics 57

Summing Up 59

Suggested Readings 63

4 Basic Bones and Stones: What Do We Know About the Record of Human Evolution (as of 2008)? 64

Comparative Primatology Establishes a Baseline for Human Behavior 64

Very Brief Summary of Human Fossil Record (

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