Evolutionary psychologist Nigel Barber shows that human behavior is uniquely crafted by the surrounding environment in underappreciated and surprising ways. For example, commerce and agriculture can be interpreted as adaptive alternatives to hunting and gathering. Irrigated farming was a response to land scarcity, which ultimately permitted the rise of early cities.
This cross-discliplinary approach unites the missing ingredients that have for so long impeded our understanding of our own species and its variation across cultures. Evolution in the Here and Now is a bold step forward in the evolutionary understanding of human behavior that marries our biology with our history in ways that have never been attempted before.
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Table of Contents
1 The Vital Alternatives 1
2 Mechanisms of Change 13
3 Evolution as a Developmental Process 45
4 How Different Are Humans, Objectively Speaking? 71
5 The Emergence of Complex Societies 105
6 A Darwinian Take on the Industrial Revolution 133
7 How Humans Adapt to the Modern Environment 183