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Sense and Nonsense: Evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour Paperback – 4 Jun 2011
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this is an important book that with much consideration outlines evolutionary schools of thought without compromising thoughtful critique. Laland and Brown do not only review their own research, but also dispel some of the persisting misunderstandings about evolutionary theory with broad awareness. (Ugur Parlar, Science & Education)
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Kevin N. Laland is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews. His research encompasses a range of topics related to animal behaviour and evolution, particularly social learning, gene-culture coevolution, and niche construction. He has published 6 books and over 160 articles on these topics and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a former President of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association. Gillian R. Brown is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on sex differences in the behaviour of mammals, which she studies from neuroendocrine, developmental and evolutionary perspectives. She has published over 40 articles on sex differences, covering topics such as adaptive birth sex ratios, sex differences in infant and adolescent behaviour, parental investment and the evolution of mating strategies. She has held a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship.
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Laland & Brown successfully introduce the salient characteristics of the major schools of thought (covering human sociobiology, behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology, memetics and gene-culture coevolution), managing to give a balanced account of each. I especially enjoyed learning how the different schools of thought themselves evolved, often from common roots to represent very juxtaposed ideas. Despite these differences, Laland & Brown do an admirable job of picking their way through the historical and political debris that have too often been the outcome of clashes between these camps, to pick out the biological sense from the nonsense of each tradition.
It is refreshing to read an apolitical review of a subject that concerns us all and becomes increasingly relevant as communication makes the world a smaller place where we are forced to face up to and appreciate our behavioural and cultural similarities and differences.
This pretty much covers 5 different approaches to applying evolutionary theory to human behaviour. It is pretty broad in describing the approaches, but also gives many in-depth examples and critiques. Lots and lots of useful references here too.
This doesn't really cover evolutionary theory and doesn't cover in depth the theories proposed by the approaches, and is not really a text-book in this sense, but is a useful starting point for anyone interested in evolution and behaviour.
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