The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture

The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture

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 disciplines are leading to the emergence of a fundamentally new view of the human mind, and with it a new framework for the behavioral and social sciences.

First, with the advent of the cognitive revolution, human nature can finally be defined precisely as the set of universal, species-typical information-processing programs that operate beneath the surface of expressed cultural variability.
Second, this collection of cognitive programs evolved in the Pleistocene to solve the adaptive problems regularly faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors--problems such as mate selection, language acquisition, cooperation, and sexual infidelity.
Consequently, the traditional view of the mind as a general-purpose computer, tabula rasa, or passive recipient of culture is being replaced by the view that the mind resembles an intricate network of functionally specialized computers, each of which imposes contentful structure on human mental organization and culture.

The Adapted Mind explores this new approach--evolutionary psychology--and its implications for a new view of culture.

Title:The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780195101072
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  • Nebuchadnezzar

    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 ...

  • Bria

    This is an old book, and many of the studies and ideas in it have long since disseminated into the world and become commonplace, but it was worth the read for me to have the case for evolutionary psyc...

  • 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 ...

  • Steve Dewey

    I never thought I'd finish it. But I did!Possibly the most important part of the book is the first 137 pages -- the manifesto, the call to arms. This section could -- possibly should -- have been a bo...

  • Sarah

    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 o...

  • Charlotte

    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 huma...

  • Nicholas

    Super dense. Some parts of it were really boring. First chapter was awesome.Quotes:"Integrated Causal Modela. the human mind consists of a set of evolved information processing mechanisms instantiated...

  • Jilany

    to-read wishntref...

  • Levi

    Classic book in EvoPsyc...

  • Peter Makai

    The Bible of Evolutionary Psychology....