Category Archives: Evolutionary psychology

Hierarchy, Freedom and Learning

We, humans, have two fundamentally different ways of governing ourselves in social groups. One is the method of hierarchy, or dominance, or force. I need not describe this method in detail; we are all too familiar with it. This is … Continue reading

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Wild Justice – The Moral Lives of Animals

Scientists have long counseled against interpreting animal behavior in terms of human emotions, warning that such anthropomorphizing limits our ability to understand animals as they really are. Yet what are we to make of a female gorilla in a German … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Origins of Morality – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality. To what extent is human morality the outcome of continuous development from motives, emotions and social behavior found in nonhuman animals? Jerome Kagan, Hans … Continue reading

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The Moral Animal – Evolutionary Psychology

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women’s interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything … Continue reading

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Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame

From the age of Darwin to the present day, biologists have been grappling with the origins of our moral sense. Why, if the human instinct to survive and reproduce is “selfish,” do people engage in self-sacrifice, and even develop ideas … Continue reading

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Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

“It’s the animal in us,” we often hear when we’ve been bad. But why not when we’re good? Primates and Philosophers tackle this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity’s most valued traits: morality. In this provocative … Continue reading

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