Evolutionizing human nature

  title={Evolutionizing human nature},
  author={John Klasios},
  journal={New Ideas in Psychology},

Landscapes preferences in the human species: insights for ethnobiology from evolutionary psychology

According to evolutionary psychology, landscapes preferences by the human species are influenced by their evolutionary past, which predicts that the human being prefers these environments, since in the past, African savanna environments had a set of important characteristics for survival.

The Influence of the Evolutionary Past on the Mind: An Analysis of the Preference for Landscapes in the Human Species

The obtained result did not corroborate the idea of universal preference for images of savanna landscape, and the image of Rainforest landscape was the preferred one among all the three environmental contexts studied.

Landscapes of Prosperity, Youth, Femininity, Temptation, Friendship, Transition, Money, and Survival in Terms of Evolutionary Psychology

Assessment of landscape attractiveness often struggles with the challenge of differences in human tastes. In the present study, the relationship between preferences shaped by the biological and

Theoretical Insights of Evolutionary Psychology: New Opportunities for Studies in Evolutionary Ethnobiology

The central ideas of evolutionary psychology are presented, and how their assumptions can help ethnobiologists to understand the dynamic relationship between people and their environments are discussed.



Science and Human Nature

  • R. Samuels
  • Biology, Psychology
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement
  • 2012
There is a puzzling tension in contemporary scientific attitudes towards human nature: talk of human nature abounds in certain regions of the sciences, especially in linguistics, psychology and cognitive science.

Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology is the long-forestalled scientific attempt to assemble out of the disjointed, fragmentary, and mutually contradictory human disciplines a single, logically integrated research framework for the psychological, social, and behavioral sciences.

On Human Nature

  • D. Hull
  • Biology
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
  • 1986
It is very unlikely that the human species as a biological species can be characterized by a set of invariable traits, and anyone who proposes to base anything, including ethics, on human nature is basing it on historical happenstance.

Human Nature in a Post-essentialist World

In this essay I examine a well-known articulation of human nature skepticism, a paper by Hull. I then review a recent reply to Hull by Machery, which argues for an account of human nature that he

Developmental dynamics: toward a biologically plausible evolutionary psychology.

Recent advances in genetics, embryology, and developmental biology that have transformed contemporary developmental and evolutionary theory are reviewed and how these advances challenge gene-centered explanations of human behavior that ignore the complex, highly coordinated system of regulatory dynamics involved in development and evolution is explored.

A Plea for Human Nature

Philosophers of biology, such as David Hull and Michael Ghiselin, have argued that the notion of human nature is incompatible with modern evolutionary biology and they have recommended rejecting this

Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology

In Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology, Robert Richardson takes a critical look at evolutionary psychology by subjecting its ambitious and controversial claims to the same sorts of methodological and evidential constraints that are broadly accepted within evolutionary biology.

Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature

David Buller argues that the authors' minds are not adapted to the Pleistocene, but, like the immune system, are continually adapting, over both evolutionary time and individual lifetimes.

Adaptation and Natural Selection. (Book Reviews: Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought)

George Williams's "Adaptation and Natural Selection", now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.