The Biological Roots of Human Nature

The Biological Roots of Human Nature : Forging Links between Evolution and Behavior

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A short, stimulating book on the relevance of biological evolution to the study of behaviour. Goldsmith argues that anyone studying the social behaviour of humans must take into consideration both proximate cause - the physiology, biochemistry, and social mechanisms of behaviour, and the ultimate cause - how the behaviour came to exist in evolutionary time. Many of the confusing and misunderstood elements of sociobiology are clearly explained for the general more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 139.2 x 208.5 x 13.5mm | 243.85g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195093933
  • 9780195093933
  • 1,984,990

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"The book is well-written and amasses considerable evidence in support of its thesis. ... He (Goldsmith) brings to his work not only familiarity with evolutionary theory but also his particular skills as a neurobiologist. So he is in a better than average position to make the connections between genetics, neurobiology and psychology as these affect behavior." -- New Ideas in Psychology"The strength of the book is. . .the succinct way in which Goldsmith explains many of the confusing and misunderstood elements of sociobiology." --Choice"An outstanding work reflecting careful synthesis and great explanatory power. A superb achievement that provides a succinct and readable overview of an extraordinarily broad and complex area."--Owen D. Jones, Professor of Law, Arizona State Universityshow more

Table of contents

1. The dual nature of causation in biology ; 2. Some fallacies and misconceptions ; 3. Evolutionary times since Darwin ; 4. Reasoning about ultimate causes of behavior ; 5. Getting from genes to behavior ; 6. Evolutionary perspectives on volition, learning, and language ; 7. Decisions, Decisions! ; 8. Culture, anthropology, and evolution ; Epilogue: Concerning "Biological Reductionism"show more

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