Evolution and Human Nature
Evolutionary analyses of human nature exploring commonalities running through our diversity as a species. We cover a broad range of topics including: primate relatives, polygamy, sexual selection, parental investment, life history traits (e.g., menopause), incest, honesty and deception, religion, sexual behavior, gender and mate choice, parent-offspring conflict, competition and altruism, and the misapplication of evolutionary ideas within eugenics and social Darwinism. These subjects have been as controversial as they are fascinating. Biological accounts of humanity are said by some to be reductionist and to seriously understate the role of nurture, socialization and learning in the formation of human societies. We will have to grapple with this critique.