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Human Characteristics: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Mind and Kind

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Every once in a while, we have to reconsider the perennial questions concerning human nature: What are the special human behaviours, social practices, and psychological structures that make us particularly human? The field of evolution, psychology and cognitive science is the most expanding, inter-disciplinary area of this field for the time being, uniting different sciences under the same evolutionary paradigm and keeping them occupied by the same eternal questions stated above. Relevant data and theoretical ...

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Overview

Every once in a while, we have to reconsider the perennial questions concerning human nature: What are the special human behaviours, social practices, and psychological structures that make us particularly human? The field of evolution, psychology and cognitive science is the most expanding, inter-disciplinary area of this field for the time being, uniting different sciences under the same evolutionary paradigm and keeping them occupied by the same eternal questions stated above. Relevant data and theoretical considerations are piling up, but an overview is needed. To facilitate this a large inter-disciplinary conference entitled Human Mind-Human Kind was held at Aarhus University, Denmark. The studies fall into three well defined sections: 1) Evolution and Cognition-Comparative and Developmental Perspectives, 2) Human Sociality, Morality and Religiosity, 3) Human Sexuality and Mating Strategies. Specifying the differences between our own species and the rest of the animal world always provokes debate. But these demarcations simply have to be drawn once and again. They focus attention and stimulate research, exactly because they provoke and challenge other researchers to take up the glove and prove us wrong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443802130
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Henrik Hogh-Olesen. Born 1957. Professor, Ph.D. Head of the department of Social and Personality Psychology, Aarhus University. Member of the steering committees for ESCON (European Social Cognition Network) and CompCog (European Evolution of Social Cognition Network) and co-editor of the Journal of Anthropological Psychology. Jan Tonnesvang. Born 1963. Associate Professor, Ph.D. Department of Social and Personality Psychology, Aarhus University. Co-editor of the Journal of Anthropological Psychology. Preben Bertelsen. Born 1954. Professor, Ph.D. Department of Social and Personality Psychology, Aarhus University. Editor of the Journal of Anthropological Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Human Characteristics-Setting the Stage Henrik H&ophi;gh-Olesen viii

Section I Evolution and Cognition-Comparative and Developmental Perspectives

Chapter 1 Art Creation and Appreciation: Uniquely Human? Ken Stange 2

Chapter 2 The Mosaic Evolution of Aesthetic Preference Marcos Nadal Miquel Capó Avanti Peters Camilo José Cela-Conde 17

Chapter 3 In Search of Inner Worlds: Are Humans Alone in the Mental World of Possible Futures? Mathias Osvath 44

Chapter 4 Object Function as a Basic Requirement for Language Use and Tool Use Osman S. Kingo Peter Kr&ophi;jgaard 65

Chapter 5 The Human Ability to Single Out and Track Specific Objects through Space and Time: Origin and Application Peter Kr&ophi;jgaard 89

Chapter 6 Why Evolutionary and Developmental Cognitive Psychology? The Importance of Non-Human Primates & Human Infants for Understanding Adult Use of Modern Computerized Technology Rune N&ophi;rager 117

Chapter 7 Beyond Grooming: Descartes' Cogito and a Darwinian Neuropsychoanalytic View of Uniquely Human Mentation Harry R. Brickman 150

Chapter 8 Why the Human Brain is not an Enlarged Chimpanzee Brain Johan De Smedt Helen De Cruz Johan Braeckman 168

Section II Human Sociality, Morality, and Religiosity

Chapter 9 Development of Social Relationships with Significant Others from 3-to 8-year-old Japanese Children: Nature and Nurture Keiko Takahashi Mariko Inoue Kayoko Yamakaw Reiko Shibata 184

Chapter 10 The Adaptive Problem of Absent Third-Party Punishment Gordon P. D. Ingram Jared R. Piazz Jesse M. Bering 205

Chapter 11 The Role of Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Altruistic Motivation: An Evolutionary Approach JelleDe Schrijver 230

Chapter 12 'Primates and Philosophers': Reciprocity and Distant People in Need Kristian H&ophi;yer Toft 243

Chapter 13 Moral Objectivity and Altruistic Adaptations Gorm Nissen 256

Chapter 14 The Evolution of Martyrdom? Considerations in The Study of Religious Self-Sacrifice Andreas Lieberoth 274

Chapter 15 Religious Forces Behind Cultural Traditions Sergio Levi 296

Chapter 16 Evolutionary Political Science-Integrating Evolutionary Psychology and the Social Sciences Michael Bang Petersen Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair 313

Section III Human Sexuality and Mating Strategies

Chapter 17 Parents, Offspring and Mate-Choice Conflicts Justin H. Park Shelli L. Dubbs Abraham P. Bunnk 352

Chapter 18 Would you go to bed with me? Gender Differences in Receptivity to Sexual Invitations Gert Martin Hald Henrik H&ophi;gh-Olesen 366

Chapter 19 Intergroup Jealousy: Effects of Perceived Group Characteristics and Intrasexual Competition Between Groups Liga Klavina Abraham P. Buunk Justin H. Park 382

Chapter 20 Human Characteristics. Differences and Similarities between Human and Non-Human Animals Henrik H&ophi;gh-Olesen 398

List of Contributors 430

Index 433

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