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Evolution and Human Behaviour


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Historical Introduction: Evolution and Theories of Mind and Behaviour, Darwin and After.- Foundations of Darwinian Psychology.- Natural Selection, Inclusive Fitness and the Selfish Gene.- Sex and Sexual Selection.- The evolution of the Hominins.- The Quintessence of Dust: The Hominin Package.- Adaptations and Evolved Design.- Life History Theory.- Cognition and modularity.- Emotions.- Altruism and Cooperation.- Conflict and Crime.- Human Sexual Behaviour: Anthropological Perspectives.- Human Mate Choice: The Evolutionary Logic of Sexual Desire.-Facial Atractiveness.- The Paradox of Homosexuality.- Incest Avoidance and the Westermark Effect.- Darwinian Medicine: Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease.- Three Case Studies in Evolution and Health: Diet, Cancer and Mental Disorder.- The Evolution of Culture: Genes and Memes.- Ethics

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John Cartwright is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Chester College of Higher Education, affiliated to the University of Liverpool..


"Cartwright's book is worth a careful look if you are seeking a general and current overview of evolutionary theory applied to human behavior, or if you are trying to identify a resource on the evolution of human behavior for teaching purposes. ... The book is of value to a non-evolutionary scholar or student seeking a manageable overview of evolutionary approaches to human behavior. ... I have not found a better volume than Cartwright's book for teaching purposes ... ." (Peter B. Gray, Human Nature, Vol. 28, 2017)

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