Human Nature

Human Nature : A Critical Reader

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Human Nature collects the first, "classic," papers to test Darwinian theories on Homo sapiens. It offers new critiques for those classics, written both by the authors themselves, and by biologists who pioneered field studies, comparative studies, and cognitive studies on other species. And it adds a new introduction, reviewing cutting-edge work on human anatomy, physiology, emotions, cognition, and interaction. This is the first text to use our only theory of life - Darwin's - to explain what we do and who we are.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 166.1 x 234.4 x 24.6mm | 850.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, figures, tables
  • 019509865X
  • 9780195098655

Table of contents

1. People are animals ; 2. Critique: Inward and outward: mind gets at behavior, behavior at mind ; 3. Classic: Cultural and biological success ; 4. Critique: Looking back two decades ; 5. Classic: Inuit foraging groups: some simple models incorporating conflicts of interest, relatedness, and central place sharing ; 6. Critique: Sex is not enough ; 7. Classic: Bushman birth spacing: a test for optimal interbirth intervals ; 8. Critique: Too good to be true? ; 9. Classic: Life histories, blood revenge, and warfare in a tribal population ; 10. Critique: Sticks and stones ; 11. Classic: Kipsigis women's preferences for wealthy men: evidence for female choice in mammals? ; 12. Critique: Marrying a married man ; 13. Classic: The evolution of premature reproductive senescence and menopause in human females: an evaluation of the 'grandmother hypothesis' ; 14. Critique: How much does gradnma help? ; 15. Critique: Forward and backward: alternative approaches to studying human social evolution ; 16. Classic: Child abuse and other risks of not living with both parents ; 17. Critique: Cinderella revisited ; 18. Classic: Sex differences in human mate preferences: evolutionary hypotheses tested in 37 cultures ; 19. Critique: Just another brick in the wall ; 20. Classic: Sex differences in sexual fantasy: an evolutionary psychological aporoach ; 21. Critique: Unobtrusive measures of human sexuality ; 22. Classic: Evolution, traits, and the stages of human courtship: qualifying the parental investment model ; 23. Critique: Where and when are women more selective than men? ; 24. Classic: Evolutionary analysis of psychological pain of rape victims ; 25. Rape-victim psychological pain revisited ; 26. Classic: Cognitive adaptations for social exchange Leda Cosmides and John Tooby ; 27. Critique: Think again ; 28. Critique: Tips, branches and nodes: seeking adaptation through comparative studies ; 29. Classic: Paternal confidence and dowry competition: a biocultural analysis of purdah ; 30. Critique: Cleo unveiled ; 31. Classic: Polygyny and the inheritance of wealth ; 32. Critique: If I had it to do over ; 33. Classic: Cross-cultural patterns in the training of children ; 34. Critique: Comparing snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails to sugar and spice: reflections on cross-cultural testing of hypotheses ; 35. Classic: Dowry as female competition ; 36. Critique: When are husbands worth fighting for? ; 37. Classic: Roman polygyny ; 38. Critique: Why a despot? ; 39. Classic: Fitness tradeoffs in the history and evolution of delegated mothering with special reference to wet-nursing, abandonment, and infanticide ; 40. Critique: Mainstreaming Medea
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Laura Betzig has edited a timely and stimulating volume that should interest those concerned with human ecology, evolution and behaviour ... Betzig's text provides a thoughtful review and a rich discourse on the (adaptive) nature of human beings, a field destined to contribute to mainstream life science. Clara B. Jones, Endeavour Vol.22 (1) 1998
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