Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature
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This book brings together leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy to present essays each describing their own expert perspective of human nature. The result is a reliable and coherent model of man.
To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions,…mehr

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This book brings together leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy to present essays each describing their own expert perspective of human nature. The result is a reliable and coherent model of man.
To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions, self-deceptions and thirst for knowledge right at the top. The unifying force holding these blocks together is evolutionary theory. Evolution provides a deeper understanding of human nature and, in particular, of the common roots of these different perspectives. To build a reliable and coherent model of man, leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy have joined forces to present essays each describing their own expert perspective. Together they provide a convincing and complete picture of our own human nature.
  • Produktdetails
  • The Frontiers Collection
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 12727902
  • Erscheinungstermin: Oktober 2011
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 244mm x 163mm x 15mm
  • Gewicht: 380g
  • ISBN-13: 9783642139673
  • ISBN-10: 3642139671
  • Artikelnr.: 29970086
Autorenporträt
Ulrich Frey (philosophy), Charlotte Störmer and Kai Willführ (biology) work in an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Giessen, applying evolutionary theory to a broad range of fields. The following authors contributed to the chapters of this book: Karl Grammer, Benjamin Grant Purzycki, Peter Kappeler, Niklas Krebs, Ruth Mace, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Frank Rösler, Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Mary K. Shenk, Richard Sosis and Matthias Uhl.
Inhaltsangabe
Our Origins: How and Why We Do and Do Not Differ from Primates; Peter Kappeler.- Our Children: Parental Decisions - How Much to Invest in Your Offspring; Mary K. Shenk.- Our Social Roots: How Local Ecology Shapes our Social Structures; Ruth Mace.- Our Selections and Decisions: Inherent Features of the Nervous System?; Frank Rösler.- Our Gods: Variation in Supernatural Minds; Benjamin G. Purzycki and Richard Sosis.- Our Preferences: Why We Like What We Like; Karl Grammer and Elisabeth Oberzaucher.- Our Appetite for Information: Invented Environment, Non-Transparent Mind, and Evolved Preferences; Matthias Uhl.- Our Best Shot at Truth: Why Humans Evolved Mathematical Abilities; Niklas Krebs.- Our Way to Understand the World: Darwin's Controversial Inheritance; Michael Schmidt-Salomon.- Index.