The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture

Paperback | October 1, 1995

EditorJerome H. Barkow, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby

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Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have madethe fact of our evolution illuminating. Converging findings from a variety of disciplines are leading to the emergence of a fundamentally new view of the human mind, and with it a new framework for the behavioral and social sciences. First, with the advent of the cognitive revolution, human naturecan finally be defined precisely as the set of universal, species-typical information-processing programs that operate beneath the surface of expressed cultural variability. Second, this collection of cognitive programs evolved in the Pleistocene to solve the adaptive problems regularly faced by ourhunter-gatherer ancestors--problems such as mate selection, language acquisition, cooperation, and sexual infidelity. Consequently, the traditional view of the mind as a general-purpose computer, tabula rasa, or passive recipient of culture is being replaced by the view that the mind resembles anintricate network of functionally specialized computers, each of which imposes contentful structure on human mental organization and culture. The Adapted Mind explores this new approach--evolutionary psychology--and its implications for a new view of culture.

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Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have made the fact of our evolution illuminating. Conv...

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Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have madethe fact of our evolution illuminating. Conve...

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Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have made the fact of our evolution illuminating. Conv...

Jerome H. Barkow is at Dalhousie University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 6.1 × 9.13 × 1.22 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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J. Tooby and L. Cosmides: IntroductionPART I: Theoretical Framework1. J. Tooby and L. Cosmides: The Psychological Foundations of Culture2. D. Symons: On the Use and Misuse of Darwinism in the Study of Human BehaviorPART II: Cooperation3. L. Cosmides and J. Tooby: Cognitive Adaptations for Social Exchange4. W. C. McGrew and A.T.C. Feistner: Two Non-human Primate Models for the Evolution of Human Food-Sharing: Chimpanzees and CallitrichidsPART III: The Psychology of Mating and Sex5. D. Buss: Mate Preference Mechanisms: Consequences for Partner Choice and Intrasexual Competition6. B. Ellis: The Evolution of Sexual Attraction: Evaluative Mechanisms in Women7. M. Wilson and M. Daly: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a ChattelPART IV: Parental Care and Children8. M. Profet: Pregnancy Sickness as Adaptation: A Deterrent to Maternal Ingestion of Teratogens9. J. Mann: Nurturance or Negligence: Maternal Psychology and Behavioral Preference among Preterm Twins10. A. Fernald: Human Maternal Vocalizations to Infants as Biologically Relevant Signals: An Evolutionary Perspective11. M.J. Boulton and P.K. Smith: The Social Nature of Play Fighting and Play Chasing: Mechanisms and Strategies Underlying Cooperation and CompromisePART V: Perception and Language as Adaptations12. S. Pinker and P. Bloom: Natural Language and Natural Selection13. The Perceptual Organization of Colors: An Adaptation to Regularities of the Terrestrial World? R.N. Shepherd14. I. Silverman and M. Eals: Sex Differences in Spatial Abilities: Evolutionary Theory and DataPART VI: Environmental Aesthetics15. G.H. Orians and J.H. Heerwagen: Evolved Responses to Landscapes16. S. Kaplan: Environmental Preference in a Knowledge-Seeking, Knowledge Using OrganismPART VII: Intrapsychic Processes17. R. M. Nesse and A.T. Lloyd: The Evolution of Psychodynamic MechanismsPART VIII: Understanding Evolutionarily New Cultural Forms18. J.H. Barkow: Beneath New Culture Is Old Psychology: Gossip, Class, and the Environment

From Our Editors

Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances in such fields as evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and paleoanthropology have made the fact of our evolution illuminating. Converging findings from a variety of disciplines are leading to the emergence of a fundamentally new view of the human mind, and with it a new framework for the behavioral and social sciences. First, with the advent of the cognitive revolution, human nature can finally be defined precisely as the set of universal, species-typical information-processing programs that operate beneath the surface of expressed cultural variability. Second, this collection of cognitive programs evolved in the Pleistocene to solve the adaptive problems regularly faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors - problems such as mate selection, language acquisition, co-operation, and sexual infidelity. Consequently, the traditional view of the mind as a general-purpose

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"I have rarely come across a book with such a fiery message. this is without doubt a critically important book, one that anybody concerned with the human mind should study. With evident passion, the editors dare to propose a new agenda for the whole of the social sciences...It is an agendathat has much to offer and will provide great insights into human behavior."--Journal of Anthropological Research