On the universality of human nature and the uniqueness of the individual: the role of genetics and adaptation.

@article{Tooby1990OnTU,
  title={On the universality of human nature and the uniqueness of the individual: the role of genetics and adaptation.},
  author={John Tooby and Leda Cosmides},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={1990},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={
          17-67
        }
}
The concept of a universal human nature, based on a species-typical collection of complex psychological adaptations, is defended as valid, despite the existence of substantial genetic variation that makes each human genetically and biochemically unique. These apparently contradictory facts can be reconciled by considering that (a) complex adaptations necessarily require many genes to regulate their development, and (b) sexual recombination makes it improbable that all the necessary genes for a… CONTINUE READING
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