Dienstag, 7. August 2012

Social Aspects of Human Evolution:

The most unpredictable and demanding aspects of the environment of evolving humans have always been its social aspects, not the physical climate or food shortages as often implied. The human psyche was designed primarily to solve social problems within its own species, not physical and mathematical puzzles, as educational tests and some concerns of philosophers might cause us to believe. ... This hypothesis implies that even the solving of mathematical, physical, and nunhuman biotic problems had its central significance (in the broadest sense, its reproductive rewards) in social contexts. ...

Evolution of the Human Psyche (1989), Richard D. Alexander

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