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Debated mind : evolution psychology - Harvey Whitehouse

Debated mind

evolution psychology

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9781859734322
Number Of Pages: 240

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In a further development of the nature-nurture debate, this collection of articles questions how the human mind influences the content and organization of culture. In the study of mental activity, can the effects of evolution and history be teased apart? Evolutionary psychologists argue that cultural transmission is constrained by our genetic inheritance. Few social and cultural anthropologists have found this argument to be relevant to their work and many would doubt its validity. This book uniquely pitches the arguments for innatism against ethnographic perspectives that call into question the theoretical foundations of orthodox evolutionary biology and cognitive science. Ultimately the aim of the debate is to create an original set of mutually compatible theories that will open up new areas for interdisciplinary research.

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'Whitehouse suggests that the exploration of cognition as self-organized and emergent is a potentially fruitful one for anthropology as well as psychology.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

List of Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Mental Modularity and Cultural Diversityp. 23
Cultural Inheritance Tracks and Cognitive Predispositions: The Example of Religious Conceptsp. 57
Some Elements of a Science of Culturep. 91
Part 2
From the Transmission of Representations to the Education of Attentionp. 113
The Child in Mindp. 155
Steps to an Integration of Developmental Cognitivism and Depth Psychologyp. 181
Conclusion: Towards a Reconciliationp. 203
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781859734322
ISBN-10: 1859734324
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1