Evolution in mind : an introduction to evolutionary psychology.Material type: TextPublication details: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1998. ISBN: 0674271203Subject(s): Human behavior | Genetic psychology | Behavior evolutionDDC classification: 150
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 1997.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Just What Kind of Science Is Psychology? -- 2. Plato's Question -- 3. The Revolution in Our Neighbour's House -- 4. The Structure of the Mind -- 5. Prediction and Mind-reading: The Evolution of Causal Understanding -- 6. Culture: One of the Last Great Frontiers of Science -- 7. Promises of a Marriage Made in Heaven?
In this overview, Henry Plotkin describes the new rapprochement called 'evolutionary psychology.' He examines how such a powerful theory as Darwinism could have been disregarded by much academic psychology and shows why the relationship between the two must be readdressed. The theory and data of evolutionary biology and animal behavior can illuminate many of our most basic mental processes and activities: language learning, perception, social understanding, and most controversially, culture and the sharing of knowledge and beliefs. Ranging from the nature-nurture question, which has bedeviled philosophers and scientists for thousands of years, to recent debates about the mind's structure, Evolution in Mind demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective helps us understand what we are, and how we got that way.