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H. Clark Barrett

in The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199348305
eISBN:
9780199348336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

This chapter addresses the topics of human nature and human uniqueness. It argues that it is a mistake to conceptualize human nature as solely consisting of what is unique to humans, as most features ... More


Sceptical Reflections on Human Nature

Kim Sterelny

in Why We Disagree About Human Nature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198823650
eISBN:
9780191862267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823650.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

David Hull famously argued that the very idea of human nature was pre-Darwinian; once we genuinely embrace Darwin’s insights into unbounded variation and plasticity over time, no robust account of ... More


The Frontal Lobes

Frederick L. Coolidge

in Evolutionary Neuropsychology: An Introduction to the Evolution of the Structures and Functions of the Human Brain

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190940942
eISBN:
9780190940973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190940942.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology

This chapter notes that the expansion of the brain, particularly the cortex, as well as increased behavioral flexibility, in mammals compared to that in reptiles, birds, and fishes. Mammalian brains ... More


The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Kim Sterelny

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197531389
eISBN:
9780197531419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197531389.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

No human now gathers for himself or herself the essential resources for life: food, shelter, clothing and the like. Humans are obligate co-operators, and this has been true for tens of thousands of ... More


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