There isn't any query extra basic to human lifestyles than that posed by way of the nature-versus-nurture debate. for a lot of the previous century, it was once broadly believed that there has been no crucial human nature and that folks might be expert or socialized to thrive in nearly any that you can imagine tradition. at the present time, that orthodoxy is being without delay and forcefully challenged through a brand new technological know-how of the brain: evolutionary psychology. just like the idea of evolution itself, the consequences of evolutionary psychology are provocative and unsettling. instead of viewing the human brain as a mysterious black field or a clean slate, evolutionary psychologists see it as a actual organ that has developed to strategy particular types of knowledge in convinced ways in which permits us to thrive merely in specific sorts of cultures.
In On Our Minds, Eric M. Gander examines each side of the general public debate among evolutionary psychologists and their critics. Paying rather shut realization to the preferred technology writings of Steven Pinker, Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, and Stephen Jay Gould, Gander lines the historical past of the talk, succinctly summarizes the claims and theories of the evolutionary psychologists, dissects a few of the arguments deployed by means of both sides, and considers intimately the far-reaching ramifications―social, cultural, and political―of this debate. Gander's lucid and hugely readable account concludes that evolutionary psychology now holds the aptitude to respond to our oldest and so much profound ethical and philosophical questions, essentially altering our self–perception as a species.
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