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Debated Mind
By Harvey Whitehouse

The Debated Mind

Evolutionary Psychology Versus Ethnography

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Debated Mind by Harvey Whitehouse

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859734322
ISBN-10: 1859734324
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Harvey Whitehouse

Harvey Whitehouse The Queen's University at Belfast

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