Human Characteristics: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Mind and Kind
Henrik Høgh-Olesen, Jan Tønnesvang, Preben Bertelsen
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - Psychology - 435 pages
Every once in a while, we have to reconsider the perennial questions concerning human nature: What are the special human behaviours, social practices, and psychological structures that make us particularly human?
The field of evolution, psychology and cognitive science is the most expanding, inter-disciplinary area of this field for the time being, uniting different sciences under the same evolutionary paradigm and keeping them occupied by the same eternal questions stated above.
Relevant data and theoretical considerations are piling up, but an overview is needed. To facilitate this a large inter-disciplinary conference entitled Human MindHuman Kind was held at Aarhus University, Denmark. The studies fall into three well defined sections: 1) Evolution and CognitionComparative and Developmental Perspectives, 2) Human Sociality, Morality and Religiosity, 3) Human Sexuality and Mating Strategies.
Specifying the differences between our own species and the rest of the animal world always provokes debate. But these demarcations simply have to be drawn once and again. They focus attention and stimulate research, exactly because they provoke and challenge other researchers to take up the glove and prove us wrong.