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Academic & Professional Books  Evolutionary Biology  Human Evolution

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

By: TH Goldsmith
161 pages, 2 line illus, 1 tab
The Biological Roots of Human Nature
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  • The Biological Roots of Human Nature ISBN: 9780195093933 Paperback May 1995 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Short, stimulating book on the relevance of biological evolution to the study of behaviour.


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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By: TH Goldsmith
161 pages, 2 line illus, 1 tab
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"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
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