Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciences
Sear, Rebecca, Lawson, David W. and Dickins, Thomas E. 2007. Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciences. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.
|Authors||Sear, Rebecca, Lawson, David W. and Dickins, Thomas E.|
Over the last three decades, the application of evolutionary theory to the human sciences has shown remarkable growth. This growth has also been characterised by a ‘splitting’ process, with the emergence of distinct sub-disciplines, most notably: Human Behavioural Ecology (HBE), Evolutionary Psychology (EP) and studies of Cultural Evolution (CE). Multiple applications of evolutionary ideas to the human sciences are undoubtedly a good thing, demonstrating the usefulness of this approach to human affairs. However, this fracture has been associated with considerable tension, a lack of integration, and sometimes outright conflict between researchers. In recent years however, there have been clear signs of hope that a synthesis of the human evolutionary behavioural sciences is underway. Here, we briefly review the history of the debate, both its theoretical and practical causes; then provide evidence that the field is currently becoming more integrated, as the traditional boundaries between sub-disciplines become blurred. This article constitutes the first paper under the new editorship of the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, which aims to further this integration by explicitly providing a forum for integrated work.
|Keywords||Human Behavioural Ecology; Evolutionary Psychology; Cultural Evolution|
|Journal||Journal of Evolutionary Psychology|
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|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/JEP.2007.1019|
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|Deposited||11 Feb 2010|
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