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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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Human Possibilities

Human Possibilities

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(p.67) [ 5 ] Human Possibilities
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Beyond Biofatalism
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Gillian Barker

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.003.0005

The possibility of causal feedback between human behavior and human environments resulting from behavioral and developmental plasticity combined with niche construction suggests that some small environmental changes could have cascading effects that would trigger substantial social change. An example of what this might look like is provided by Patricia Gowaty's "alternative sexual strategies" hypothesis, according to which both male and female reproductive strategies are flexible, adjusting according to the degree of female sexual autonomy with far-reaching behavioral and social effects.

Keywords:   Evolutionary psychology, sexual strategies, sex differences, sexual autonomy, feminist evolutionary psychology, human behavioral ecology

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