Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 June 2011

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199586967

Bookseller Code (05)

Sense and Nonsense

Evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour

Second Edition

Kevin N. Laland and Gillian Brown

  • A new edition of a highly successful and impartial monograph describing the range of evolutionary approaches that have been taken to understanding human behaviour
  • Widely adopted on UG and PG courses in psychology and evolution, the new edition has been revised to take this into account, now including key discussion points
  • Provides a synopsis of the ideas and methods behind five evolutionary approaches to the study of human behaviour (sociobiology, human behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution, and gene-culture coevolution). Virtually all popular science books take the perspective of just one school. This book provides the reader with a pluralistic perspective.
  • Written in readable, non-technical style as a popular science book rather than academic textbook. Renders highly technical and mathematical works lively, accessible and entertaining.
  • The final chapter compares the different approaches, and assesses to what extent they are compatible. Reader is able to make judgements as to which approaches are the most proimising or useful, and to what extent they can be integrated.
  • The chapter on memes has been replaced by a more general chapter on cultural evolution, which captures important theoretical and empirical developments in the field.
  • More generally, the book has been updated, to take account of important research over the last 10 years
  • Revised taking account of its frequent use on UG and PG courses - now includes key questions and points for discussion

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