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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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Valuing Change

Valuing Change

(p.85) [ 6 ] Valuing Change
Beyond Biofatalism

Gillian Barker

Columbia University Press

Evolutionary thinkers have often argued that evolved human nature means that many kinds of social change can come only at a cost. Their thinking about what counts as a cost and what as a benefit, however, is biased by their assumptions about human nature--loss of freedom and happiness owing to social arrangements that they deem to be "natural" are discounted.

Keywords:   Evolutionary psychology, social reform, social progress, cost-benefit analysis, utilitarianism, human nature

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