Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (3rd by David M. Buss

By David M. Buss

The 3rd version of Evolutionary Psychology continues to be the finest textual content for the burgeoning box of evolutionary psychology, and this significant replace comprises approximately four hundred new references.

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Copyright © 2002 Wiley. Reprinted with permission. 5 million years ago. These axes varied considerably in size and shape, and little is known about their precise uses. Their common quality is the flaking on two opposing surfaces, resulting in a sharp edge around the periphery of the implement. These axes took considerably more skill to produce than the crude Oldowan stone tools, and they often show symmetry of design and standardization of production that are not seen with the earlier stone tools.

But closer scrutiny revealed snakes in the tropical cultural paradises. Subsequent researchers found that many of the original reports of these tropical cultures were simply false. Derek Freeman (1983), for example, found that the Samoan islanders whom Mead had depicted in such utopian terms were intensely competitive and had murder and rape rates higher than those in the United States! Furthermore, the men were intensely sexually jealous, which contrasted sharply with Mead's depiction of "free love" among the Samoans.

Sigmund Freud, whose contributions came a few decades after Darwin, was significantly influenced by Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. So was William James. In the 1920s, however, psychology took a sharp tum away from evolutionary theory and embraced a radical behaviorism that reigned over the field for half a century. Then important empirical discoveries made radical behaviorism untenable, encouraging a tum back to evolutionary theory. In this section we briefly trace the historical influence-and lack of influence-of evolutionary theory on the field of psychology.

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