Category Archives: Evolution

Challenges in Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology

Scholars in the area of Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology explicitly seek to examine the interplay of social and environmental factors with evolved biological factors and its implications for social behavior. It is a broad area covering a wide array of … Continue reading

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Kuhn’s Evolutionary Social Epistemology

Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions has been enduringly influential in philosophy of science, challenging many common presuppositions about the nature of science and the growth of scientific knowledge. However, philosophers have misunderstood Kuhn’s view, treating him as a relativist or … Continue reading

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Humans are still Evolving and we don’t know what will happen next

Evolutionary biology is not a slow-moving science. Just last month a new species of hominid (Homo naledi) was unveiled at a news conference in South Africa. When did modern humans branch off as an independent species? What have been our … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide

In recent decades, Susan Oyama and her colleagues in the burgeoning field of developmental systems theory have rejected the determinism inherent in the nature/nurture debate, arguing that behavior cannot be reduced to distinct biological or environmental causes. In Evolution’s Eye … Continue reading

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In Search of the First Human Home

Having a sense of home, as we understand it today, is a product of symbolic thinking, a capacity that makes us unique among animals. Intimations of home likely began in early hominids’ need for shelter. Australopithecus species, to which the … Continue reading

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Brains plus Brawn and The Evolution of the Human Head

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of whether or not human evolution is a story of brains over brawn. I study the evolution of the human body and how and why the human body is the way it … Continue reading

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Some questions on Human Evolution

There is no question that our large brains have provided humans an extraordinary advantage in the world. Still, the human brain is an incredibly expensive organ, taking up only about 2 percent of the body’s mass yet using more than … Continue reading

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How Homo became Sapiens – on the Evolution of Thinking

Our ability to think is one of our most puzzling characteristics. What would it be like to be unable to think? What would it be like to lack self-awareness? The complexity of this activity is striking. Thinking involves the interaction … Continue reading

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How Cooperation became the norm

Most of the contributions to Cooperation and Its Evolution grapple with the distinctive challenges presented by the project of explaining human sociality. Many of these puzzles have a ‘chicken and egg’ character: our virtually unparalleled capacity for large-scale cooperation is … Continue reading

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A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

Why do humans, uniquely among animals, cooperate in large numbers to advance projects for the common good? Contrary to the conventional wisdom in biology and economics, this generous and civic-minded behavior is widespread and cannot be explained simply by far-sighted … Continue reading

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