The Evolution of Mind: Fundamental Questions and Controversies

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Steven W. Gangestad, Jeffry A. Simpson
Guilford Press, Jan 26, 2007 - Psychology - 448 pages
An accessible reference, this book features short essays with selective references. Studies of evolutionary foundations of human nature have grown exponentially, so this body of knowledge is expanding rapidly. A wide range of eminent contributors promote synthesis across the social, behavioral, and life sciences.

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Contents

Contributors
15
Comprehensive Knowledge of Human Evolutionary History Requires Both Adaptationism and Phylogenetics
31
The Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness and the Structure of Cognition
38
Reconstructing the Evolution of the Mind Is Depressingly Difficult
45
Reconstructing the Evolution of the Human Mind
53
How the Evolution of the Human Mind Might Be Reconstructed
60
Robin Dunbar PhD School of Biological Sciences University of Liverpool
63
Richard Alexander PhD Museum of Zoology University of Michigan
66
The Importance of Developmental Biology to Evolutionary Biology and Vice Versa
203
The Role of Group Selection in Human Psychological Evolution
213
A Tale of Two Controversies
221
Debates Concerning Important
233
Runaway Social Selection in Human Evolution
249
Key Changes in the Evolution of Human Psychology
256
Evolution of the Social Brain
280
Brain Evolution
287

Then and Now
69
On the Utility Not the Necessity of Tracking Current Fitness
78
Moving Forward by Going Backward
86
What Nonhuman Primates Can and Cant Teach Us about the Evolution of Mind
97
Who Lived in the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness?
103
Life History Diet and the Mind
111
A Call for Synthesis
121
The Games People Play
130
Quantifying the Implications of Qualitative Biases
137
Functional Specialization and the Adaptationist Program
153
Modules in the Flesh
161
The Developmental Dynamics of Adaptation
171
An Alternative Evolutionary Psychology?
178
A Computational Approach to Developmental Systems
186
Evolutionary Psychology and Developmental Systems Theory
193
Too Many Unique Human Capacities
294
The Motivation to Control and the Evolution
305
The gCulture Coevolution
313
General Intellectual Ability
319
Of Kayaks
327
The Linked Red Queens of Human Cognition Coalitions
339
Evolutionary Biology Cognitive Adaptations
348
Skepticism and Gullibility
357
Evolutionary Universals and CrossCultural Differences
363
Consequences for Conflict and Cooperation
375
Social Structural Origins of Sex Differences in Human Mating
383
The Evolution of Womens Estrus Extended Sexuality and Concealed Ovulation and Their Implications for Human
391
Whither Science of the Evolution of Mind?
397
Index
439
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Steven W. Gangestad, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His research has covered a variety of topics in evolutionary behavioral science, including the determinants of sexual attraction, changes in women's sexual psychology across the ovarian cycle, the effects of genetic compatibility between mates on relationship qualities, individual variation in developmental precision and its manifestations in neuropsychology, and influences of men's testosterone levels.
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Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include adult attachment processes, human mating, idealization in relationships, empathic accuracy in relationships, and dyadic social influence. Dr. Simpson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.

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