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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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Thinking About Change and Stability in Living Systems

Thinking About Change and Stability in Living Systems

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(p.35) [ 3 ] Thinking About Change and Stability in Living Systems
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Beyond Biofatalism
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Gillian Barker

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.003.0003

Evolutionary psychologists' thinking about stability and change in human cognition and behavior has been shaped by two bad metaphors: the "blank slate" and "hard-wired" human nature. These metaphors can be corrected by examining the underlying conceptions of internal and external causes of change, and of how these interact to enable organisms to be robust to some environmental changes by actively responding to others.

Keywords:   Blank slate, hard-wired, human nature, norms of reaction, response, genetic determinism, nature/nurture

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