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Adapting Minds Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature

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ISBN-10: 0262524600

ISBN-13: 9780262524605

Edition: 2006

Authors: David J. Buller

List price: $26.95
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Was human nature designed by natural selection in the Pleistocene epoch? The dominant view in evolutionary psychology holds that it was -- that our psychological adaptations were designed tens of thousands of years ago to solve problems faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. In this provocative and lively book, David Buller examines in detail the major claims of evolutionary psychology -- the paradigm popularized by Steven Pinker in The Blank Slateand by David Buss in The Evolution of Desire-- and rejects them all. This does not mean that we cannot apply evolutionary theory to human psychology, says Buller, but that the conventional wisdom in evolutionary psychology is misguided. …    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

The Nature of Evolution
The Causes of Evolution
Phenotypic Variation
The Evolution of Behavior
The Adapted Mind
The Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness
Modularity and the Adapted Mind
"Human Nature"
Adaptation Hunting
"Our Modern Skulls House a Stone-Age Mind"
Psychological Differences and Our "Common Nature"
Evolutionary Psychology, Meet Developmental Neurobiology
The Arguments for Modularity Reconsidered
The Empirical Evidence for Modularity Reconsidered
On Domain-General Mechanisms
"The Evolution of Desire"
Men Seeking Women
Women Seeking Men
Concluding Skeptical Remarks
What Is Marriage?
Keeping Myself Only unto You
The Green-Eyed Monster
Discriminative Parental Solicitude
What Is "The Truth about Cinderella"?
Trying to Understand Parents
"Human Nature"
Human Nature: The Very Idea
Essentialism, Part I: "Normal" People
Essentialism, Part II: Species
"Human Universals"
Please Be Patient; Evolution Isn't Finished with Us Yet