Introducing Evolutionary Psychology Paperback – 18 Oct 2001
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" ... by making the fundamental tenets of evolutionary psychology accessible to a wide audience, Evans and Zarate perform an important service." -- Donald Symons, Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 21 (2000), Elsevier Science
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A great beginner's guide to evolutionary psychology!
How did the mind evolve? How does the human mind differ from the minds of our ancestors, and from the minds of our nearest relatives, the apes? What are the universal features of the human mind, are why are they designed the way they are? If our minds are built by selfish genes, why are we so cooperative? Can the differences between male and female psychology be explained in evolutionary terms?
These questions are at the centre of a rapidly growing research program called evolutionary psychology. Drawing on the insights of evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology, as well as data from anthropology, primatology and archaeology, evolutionary psychologists are beginning to piece together the first truly scientific account of human nature.
Introducing Evolutionary Psychology is the perfect beginner's guide to this exciting new field. Brilliantly written by Dylan Evans, and superbly illustrated by award-winning comic artist Oscar Zarate, it offers a fascinating view of the history of the mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
As a consequence, if you already know anything at all about the subject, you are unlikely to learn anything new.
It is difficult to fault this book on this basis, since it does after all advertise itself as an introduction, but readers looking for even a moderate development of the ideas should look elsewhere.
Why are we what we are? What makes the minds of Apes different from those of Humans? What makes males and females different 'Psychologically'?
These are the questions that the relatively new field of Evolutionary Psychology is currently attempting to answer. It is a field that attempts to compare and combine the work of scientists from such diverse disciplines as psychology, anthropology and archaeology (amongst others). By doing so it offers new and convincing explanations for what exactly it means to be a Human.
The narrative of this book is thoroughly engrossing and together with the excellent illustrations of Oscar Zarate, this book provides a good introduction to this complex and constantly 'Evolving' science.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short, succinct and informative books!
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