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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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Lessons from Development, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

Lessons from Development, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

(p.53) [ 4 ] Lessons from Development, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology
Beyond Biofatalism

Gillian Barker

Columbia University Press

Two concepts from other areas of biology can shed important light on human nature and its implications for the prospects for social change: phenotypic plasticity and niche construction. Clarifying what these are and how they interact shows the need for substantial revision to the tradition evolutionary perspective on human nature.

Keywords:   Evolutionary psychology, phenotypic plasticity, niche construction, human nature, behavioral ecology, genetic determinism

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