Evolutionary Psychology


My One Thing:

Altruism

Other Key Concepts

  • 2. “Understanding the human mind/brain mechanisms in evolutionary perspective is the goal of the new scientific discipline evolutionary psychology.”
  • Why is the mind designed the way it is?
  • How is the human mind designed?
  • What are the functions of the component parts and their organized structure?
  • How does input from the current environment interact with the design of the human mind to produce observable behavior?
  • 4. Pre and post Darwin
  • 5. Natural selection: variation, inheritance, selection
  • 6. Sexual selection: adaptations from successful mating
  • 11. Ethology: “the study of the proximate mechanisms and adaptive value of animal behavior”
  • 12. Inclusive fitness
  • 17. Misunderstandings: human behavior is genetically determined
  • If it’s evolutionary, we can’t change it
  • Current mechanisms are optimally designed
  • 26. Freud’s instinctual system- Life- preservative instincts and sexual instincts
  • 37. Evolutionary products: adaptations, by products, random effects
  • 41. Levels of evolutionary analysis
  • 49. Evolved Psychological Mechanisms: input leads to if-then leads to output
  • 74. Food acquisition and selection
  • 75. Disgust=disease protection
  • 77. Morning sickness
  • 88. Hunter gatherer=omnivore
  • 90. Fears
  • 98. Why do we die?
  • 107. Mate preferences for female, 139. male
  • 174. Short term sexual strategies
  • 206. Motherly instinct
  • 204. Parenting
  • 229. Parent-Offspring Conflict
  • 237. Kinship problem
  • 247. Kinship affects altruism and so does “closeness”
  • 248. Kin are important
  • 257. Family
  • 267. Problems of Group Living
  • 268. Cooperative Alliance and Altruism
  • 279. People remember cheaters
  • 280. People remember altruism
  • 283. Psychology of Friendship
  • 297. Aggression and Warfare
  • 328. Conflict Between the Sexes
  • 361. Social Rank
  • 390. Toward Unified Evolutionary Psychology
  • 392. Very important
    • The human mind consists of a set of evolved information-processing mechanism embedded in the human nervous system
    • These mechanisms and the developmental programs that produce them are adaptations produced by natural selection over evolutionary time in ancestral environments
    • Many of these mechanisms are functionally specialized to produce behavior that solves particular adaptive problems, such as mate selection, language acquisition and cooperation
    • To be functionally specialized, many of these mechanisms must be richly structured in content-specific ways
  • 402. Check out the big brain on Brad
  • 410. Developmental- we face different problems at different times in life
  • 427. Evolutionary Cultural Psychology

How to apply

As with the one thing for the book, use altruism. It will help all of those around us and in turn help us. We really do need all others in some form to succeed. We are a form of kin and thus want each to prosper as there is part of us we want to move forward.

My review

It is a dense read. I was able to get through it, but did not enjoy it a whole lot. That does not mean I do not think it was a good book, but I feel that it was very obvious with what it presented. I did not feel that it was much that I did not intuitively know already.

My recommendation

It depends on how well you understand the human mind.[/