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A persuasive book -and certainly an interesting read
on 27 February 2011
According to Evolutionary psychology the human brain is the product of evolution and natural selection.
Indeed, according to evolutionary psychology - Evolution shapes everything: Hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys, immune systems etc. and even cognition.
Sure, evolution might seem very impersonal and materialistic. Still, according to evolutionary psycholoy, it was evolution that ended up giving us all of our human feelings and thoughts. Evolution might be the story of the selfish gene, but evolution might also tell us something about how we learned to work together. Even altruism can be explained with the help of evolutionary ideas (i.e. kin selection and reciprocity might help us to understand how nonselfish social traits, such as altruism, could arise).
Some critics argue that evolutionary psychology hypotheses are difficult or impossible to test. Still, all in all I find the book persuasive - and certainly an interesting read.