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Beyond biofatalism : human nature for an evolving world

Author: Gillian Barker
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015] ©2015
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Beyond Biofatalism is a spirited response to the pessimism of mainstream evolutionary psychology, which argues that human beings are incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to bury us before we even try to meet these threats.  Read more...
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Barker, Gillian.
Beyond biofatalism.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
(DLC) 2015012299
(OCoLC)909538220
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Barker
ISBN: 9780231540391 0231540396
OCLC Number: 922528352
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Human nature and the limits of human possibility --
The cost of change --
Thinking about change and stability in living systems --
Lessons from development, ecology, and evolutionary biology --
Human possibilities --
Valuing change --
Choosing environments --
What is feasible? --
Evolutionary psychology and human possibilities.
Responsibility: Gillian Barker.

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Are we "hard-wired" for disaster? Or do new findings in evolution, development, and behavior show that human beings can adapt positively to adverse circumstances and realize a more just and inclusive  Read more...

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