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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

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

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.003.0004

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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