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The Biological Roots of Human Nature: Forging Links between Evolution and Behaviour

By: TH Goldsmith

161 pages, 2 line illus, 1 tab

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 1995 | #45792 | ISBN: 0195093933
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Hardback | Dec 1991 | #15233 | ISBN: 0195062884
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Short, stimulating book on the relevance of biological evolution to the study of behaviour.

"The book is well-written and amasses considerable evidence in support of its thesis. ... He (Goldsmith) brings to his work not only familiarity with evolutionary theory but also his particular skills as a neurobiologist. So he is in a better than average position to make the connections between genetics, neurobiology and psychology as these affect behavior." -- New Ideas in Psychology
"The strength of the book is. . .the succinct way in which Goldsmith explains many of the confusing and misunderstood elements of sociobiology." --Choice
"An outstanding work reflecting careful synthesis and great explanatory power. A superb achievement that provides a succinct and readable overview of an extraordinarily broad and complex area."--Owen D. Jones, Professor of Law, Arizona State University


1. The dual nature of causation in biology; 2. Some fallacies and misconceptions; 3. Evolutionary times since Darwin; 4. Reasoning about ultimate causes of behavior; 5. Getting from genes to behavior; 6. Evolutionary perspectives on volition, learning, and language; 7. Decisions, Decisions!; 8. Culture, anthropology, and evolution; Epilogue: Concerning "Biological Reductionism"

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