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Beyond BiofatalismHuman Nature for an Evolving World$
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Gillian Barker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171885

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.001.0001

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The Cost of Change

The Cost of Change

(p.21) [ 2 ] The Cost of Change
Beyond Biofatalism

Gillian Barker

Columbia University Press

Evolutionary psychologists have argued that many social changes that reformers have advocated would come only at intolerable cost, because of the limits imposed by evolved human nature. The costs that they identify include loss of freedom and happiness, and tradeoffs in desirable phenotypic characteristics.

Keywords:   Evolutionary psychology, social inequality, human nature, social progress, gender equality, social costs

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