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Human Nature: A Critical Reader

Edited By: Laura Betzig

489 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Jan 1997 | #58477 | ISBN: 019509865X
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A collection of the first papers to test Darwinian theories on homo sapiens.


1. People are animals; 2. Critique: Inward and outward: mind gets at behavior, behavior at mind; 3. Classic: Cultural and biological success; 4. Critique: Looking back two decades; 5. Classic: Inuit foraging groups: some simple models incorporating conflicts of interest, relatedness, and central place sharing; 6. Critique: Sex is not enough; 7. Classic: Bushman birth spacing: a test for optimal interbirth intervals; 8. Critique: Too good to be true?; 9. Classic: Life histories, blood revenge, and warfare in a tribal population; 10. Critique: Sticks and stones; 11. Classic: Kipsigis women's preferences for wealthy men: evidence for female choice in mammals?; 12. Critique: Marrying a married man; 13. Classic: The evolution of premature reproductive senescence and menopause in human females: an evaluation of the 'grandmother hypothesis'; 14. Critique: How much does gradnma help?; 15. Critique: Forward and backward: alternative approaches to studying human social evolution; 16. Classic: Child abuse and other risks of not living with both parents; 17. Critique: Cinderella revisited; 18. Classic: Sex differences in human mate preferences: evolutionary hypotheses tested in 37 cultures; 19. Critique: Just another brick in the wall; 20. Classic: Sex differences in sexual fantasy: an evolutionary psychological aporoach; 21. Critique: Unobtrusive measures of human sexuality; 22. Classic: Evolution, traits, and the stages of human courtship: qualifying the parental investment model; 23. Critique: Where and when are women more selective than men?; 24. Classic: Evolutionary analysis of psychological pain of rape victims; 25. Rape-victim psychological pain revisited; 26. Classic: Cognitive adaptations for social exchange Leda Cosmides and John Tooby; 27. Critique: Think again; 28. Critique: Tips, branches and nodes: seeking adaptation through comparative studies; 29. Classic: Paternal confidence and dowry competition: a biocultural analysis of purdah; 30. Critique: Cleo unveiled; 31. Classic: Polygyny and the inheritance of wealth; 32. Critique: If I had it to do over; 33. Classic: Cross-cultural patterns in the training of children; 34. Critique: Comparing snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails to sugar and spice: reflections on cross-cultural testing of hypotheses; 35. Classic: Dowry as female competition; 36. Critique: When are husbands worth fighting for?; 37. Classic: Roman polygyny; 38. Critique: Why a despot?; 39. Classic: Fitness tradeoffs in the history and evolution of delegated mothering with special reference to wet-nursing, abandonment, and infanticide; 40. Critique: Mainstreaming Medea

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