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The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation 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.

Converging findings from a variety of disc
Paperback, 688 pages
Published October 19th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1992)
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Cosmides, Tooby, and Barkow laid out the blueprint for the new research paradigm of evolutionary psychology in this volume, often touted as the "Bible" of the field. However, I feel that the book has not aged well and will only be of interest to those with an academic interest in evolutionary psychology.

First, I will say the authors have made an insightful and important contribution to psychology as a whole. With the publication of The Adapted Mind, the importance of an evolutionary perspective
May 05, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This collection of essays, the first complete text in evolutionary psychology, changed my understanding of the human mind. Brilliant insights from the founders of the discipline and their colleagues offer an alternative to the traditional social science model--attempting to reconfigure psychology in terms of the shared physiological mechanisms that humans have evolved over time.
May 11, 2009 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Oh, how the human mind is adapted from millions of years and problem solving and survival of the past...sometimes not adapted to cope with modern problems. It's a great and informative book about human behavior and its influences.
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Dec 13, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the earliest texts in the field called Evolutionary Psychology (EP). This specialization evolved from what Edward O. Wilson termed "Sociobiology" in the mid-1970s. EP applies the logic of sociobiology to human psychology. That is, how has natural selection shaped how humans think and make decisions? As editors Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, and Jerome Barkow put it (page 7): "Evolutionary psychology is psychology informed by the fact that the inherited architecture of the human mind i ...more
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The Bible of Evolutionary Psychology.
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A Canadian anthropologist at Dalhousie University who has made important contributions to the field of evolutionary psychology. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1970. He is Professor of Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University and a Distinguished International Fellow at the Institute of Cognition an ...more
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