Human Nature – Part IV: The New Narrative of Human Evolution

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, Human Nature, Justice, Language

Forth in series: click for first, second, or third There is evidence that, in a period of sharply declining temperatures, a collapse in the ape population occurred at the time hominins split off from apes. My view is that in the context of birthrates falling toward extinction, hierarchical dominance competition became a dangerous waste of …

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The Law of Parsimony (excerpt from the book)

Filed under: Evolutionary psychology, Language

Ordinarily, the principle of parsimony in evolutionary biology refers to the assumption that similar traits in closely related living species, in this case, chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans all derive from our common ancestor.  Frans deWaal and Christopher Boehm have argued respectively that empathy and the capacity for conflict resolution are traits shared by all three …

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