The Evolution of Mind

Fundamental Questions and Controversies

Edited by Steven W. Gangestad and Jeffry A. Simpson

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In the past two decades, an explosion of research has generated many compelling insights—as well as hotly debated controversies—about the evolutionary bases of human nature. This important volume brings together leading proponents of different theoretical and methodological perspectives to provide a balanced look at 12 key questions at the core of the field today. In 43 concise, accessible chapters, followed by an integrative conclusion, the contributors present viewpoints informed by human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, and gene-culture coevolutionary approaches. Topics include the strengths and limitations of different methodologies; metatheoretical issues; and debates concerning the evolution of the human brain, intellectual abilities, culture, and sexual behavior.

“This volume covers enormous ground. Its refreshingly unique and surprisingly effective format results in a series of pithy, never-boring essays that truly elucidate diverse perspectives among the human evolutionary sciences. Both specialists and non-specialists will find it an edifying read.”

Journal of Anthropological Research


“Provides a broad overview of several diverse perspectives across a range of topics....Could serve well as a text for a graduate-level seminar series on the evolution of mind.”

PsycCRITIQUES


Evolution of Mind demonstrates that a disciplinary realignment, underway for more than three decades, is now virtually complete. We have moved away from traditional disciplinary identities and, in the words of the editors, toward an integrative human evolutionary behavioral science. This innovative volume captures this exciting moment with short, insightful essays from dozens of leading scholars from throughout the social, behavioral, and life sciences. The contributors focus on 12 important issues in the evolutionary study of the mind and behavior, highlighting points of consensus, areas of controversy, and important new directions. Scholars will find this book essential to their efforts to keep abreast of current trends in this new field, and the range and brevity of its chapters make it a perfect source of stimulating readings for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses.”

—Lee Cronk, PhD, Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


“Don’t be fooled by the deceptive simplicity of Darwin’s elegant theory, or the polarized debates about evolutionary social science. Instead, get it right by reading this magnificent volume of concise page-turners on the evolution of the human mind. Gangestad and Simpson set out to nudge the progress of this vibrant new science by squarely addressing its internal controversies in the words of the experts themselves. The book is a huge success—forget nudging, the field leaps forward! A 'must read' for anyone who really wants to understand the profound ways evolution has shaped human behavior. This book is a true intellectual adventure.”

—Martie G. Haselton, PhD, Department of Communication Studies and Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

An Introduction to The Evolution of Mind: Why WeDeveloped This Book, Steven W. Gangestad and Jeffry A. Simpson

I. Methodological Issues: The Means of Darwinian Behavioral Science

Issue 1: How the Evolution of the Human Mind Might Be Reconstructed

1. Comprehensive Knowledge of Human Evolutionary History Requires Both Adaptationism and Phylogenetics, Randy Thornhill

2. Natural Psychology: The Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness and the Structure of Cognition, Edward H. Hagen and Donald Symons

3. Reconstructing the Evolution of the Mind is Depressingly Difficult, Paul W. Andrews

4. Reconstructing the Evolution of the Human Mind, Eric Alden Smith

5. How the Evolution of the Human Mind Might Be Reconstructed, Steven Mithen

Issue 2: The Role of Tracking Current Evolution

6. Reproductive Success: Then and Now, Charles B. Crawford

7. On the Utility, Not the Necessity, of Tracking Current Fitness, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

8. Why Measuring Reproductive Success in Current Populations is Valuable: Moving Forward by Going Backward, H. Kern Reeve and Paul W. Sherman

Issue 3: Our Closest Ancestors

9. What Nonhuman Primates Can and Can't Teach Us about the Evolution of Mind, Craig B. Stanford

10. Who Lived in the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness?, Joan B. Silk

11. Chimpanzee and Human Intelligence: Life History, Diet, and the Mind, Jane B. Lancaster and Hillard S. Kaplan

Issue 4: The Role of Examining the Costs and Benefits of Behaviors

12. Optimality Approaches and Evolutionary Psychology: A Call for Synthesis, Hillard S. Kaplan and Steven W. Gangestad

13. The Games People Play, Peter DeScioli and Robert Kurzban

14. Dynamical Evolutionary Psychology and Mathematical Modeling: Quantifying the Implications of Qualitative Biases, Douglas T. Kenrick and Jill M. Sundie

II. Fundamental MetaTheoretical Issues

Issue 5. The Modularity of Mind

15. Functional Specialization and the Adaptationist Program, Elsa Ermer, Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby

16. Modules in the Flesh, H. Clark Barrett

Issue 6. Development as the Target of Evolution17. The Developmental Dynamics of Adaptation, Hunter Honeycutt and Robert Lickliter

18. An Alternative Evolutionary Psychology?, Kim Sterelny

19. Development as the Target of Evolution: A Computational Approach to Developmental Systems, H. Clark Barrett

20. Evolutionary Psychology and Developmental Systems Theory, Debra Lieberman

21. The Importance of Developmental Biology to Evolutionary Biology and Vice Versa, Randy Thornhill

Issue 7. The Role of Group Selection

22. The Role of Group Selection in Human Psychological Evolution, David Sloan Wilson

23. Group Selection: A Tale of Two Controversies, Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson

24. On Detecting the Footprints of Multilevel Selection in Humans, Robert Kurzban and C. Athena Aktipis

III. Debates Concerning Important Human Evolutionary Outcomes

Issue 8. Key Changes in the Evolution of Human Psychology

25. The Hominid Entry into the Cognitive Niche, H. Clark Barrett, Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby

26. Runaway Social Selection in Human Evolution, Mark Flinn and Richard Alexander

27. Key Changes in the Evolution of Human Psychology, Steven Mithen

Issue 9. Brain Evolution

28. Brain Evolution and the Human Adaptive Complex: An Ecological and Social Theory, Hillard S. Kaplan, Michael Gurven, and Jane B. Lancaster

29. Evolution of the Social Brain, Robin Dunbar

30. Brain Evolution, Geoffrey Miller

31. E Pluribus Unum: Too Many Unique Human Capacities and Too Many Theories, Barbara L. Finlay

Issue 10. General Intellectual Ability

32. The Motivation to Control and the Evolution of General Intelligence, David C. Geary

33. The g-culture Coevolution, Satoshi Kanazawa

34. General Intellectual Ability, Steven Mithen

Issue 11. Culture and Evolution

35. Cultural Adaptation and Maladaptation: Of Kayaks and Commissars, Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson

36. The Envelope of Human Cultures and the Promise of Integrated Behavioral Sciences, Pascal Boyer

37. The Linked Red Queens of Human Cognition, Coalitions, and Culture, Mark Flinn and Kathryn Coe

38. Evolutionary Biology, Cognitive Adaptations, and Human Culture, Kim Hill

39. Representational Epidemiology: Skepticism and Gullibility, Robert Kurzban

40. Turning Garbage into Gold: Evolutionary Universals and Cross-Cultural Differences, Mark Schaller

Issue 12. The Evolution of Mating between the Sexes

41. The Evolution of Human Mating Strategies: Consequences for Conflict and Cooperation, David M. Buss

42. Social Structural Origins of Sex Differences in Human Mating, Wendy Wood and Alice H. Eagly

43. The Evolution of Women's Estrus, Extended Sexuality, and Concealed Ovulation, and Their Implications for Human Sexuality Research, Randy Thornhill

Whither Science of the Evolution of Mind?, Steven W. Gangestad and Jeffry A. Simpson


About the Editors

Steven W. Gangestad, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His research has covered a variety of topics in evolutionary behavioral science, including the determinants of sexual attraction, changes in women's sexual psychology across the ovarian cycle, the effects of genetic compatibility between mates on relationship qualities, individual variation in developmental precision and its manifestations in neuropsychology, and influences of men's testosterone levels.

Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include adult attachment processes, human mating, idealization in relationships, empathic accuracy in relationships, and dyadic social influence. Dr. Simpson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes.

Contributors

C. Athena Aktipis, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Richard Alexander, PhD, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Paul W. Andrews, JD, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

H. Clark Barrett, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis, California

Robert Boyd, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Pascal Boyer, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

David M. Buss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Kathryn Coe, PhD, College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Leda Cosmides, PhD, Department of Psychology and Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

Charles B. Crawford, PhD, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Peter DeScioli, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robin Dunbar, PhD, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Alice H. Eagly, PhD, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Elsa Ermer, MA, Department of Psychology and Institute for Policy Research, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

Barbara L. Finlay, PhD, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Mark Flinn, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Steven W. Gangestad, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

David C. Geary, PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Michael Gurven, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

Edward H. Hagen, PhD, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Kim Hill, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hunter Honeycutt, PhD, Department of Psychology, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia

Hillard S. Kaplan, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Douglas T. Kenrick, PhD, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Satoshi Kanazawa, PhD, Interdisciplinary Institute of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom

Robert Kurzban, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jane B. Lancaster, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Robert Lickliter, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Debra Lieberman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Geoffrey Miller, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Steven Mithen, PhD, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

H. Kern Reeve, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Peter J. Richerson, PhD, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, California

Mark Schaller, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Paul W. Sherman, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Joan B. Silk, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eric Alden Smith, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Craig B. Stanford, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Kim Sterelny, PhD, Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Jill M. Sundie, PhD, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Donald Symons, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

Randy Thornhill, PhD, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

John Tooby, PhD, Department of Anthropology and Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

David Sloan Wilson, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York

Wendy Wood, PhD, Department of Psychology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Audience

Researchers, instructors, and students in social and evolutionary psychology; also of interest to readers in comparative psychology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology.

Course Use

May serve as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.