The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture
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The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture

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This collection of essays is centred on the complex, evolved psychological mechanisms that generate human behaviour and culture. It has two goals: the first is to introduce the newly crystallizing field of evolutionary psychology to a wider scientific audience; and the second is to clarify how this new field, by focusing on the evolved information-processing mechanisms tha...more
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Published October 19th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1992)
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Steven Peterson
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
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...more
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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.
Peter Makai
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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