Human Cultures through the Scientific Lens: Essays in Evolutionary Cognitive Anthropology - cover image

Copyright

Pascal Boyer

Published On

2021-07-09

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-206-5
Hardback978-1-80064-207-2
PDF978-1-80064-208-9
XML978-1-80064-211-9
EPUB978-1-80064-209-6
MOBI978-1-80064-210-2

Language

  • English

Print Length

290 pages (vi+284)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 20 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.79" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1223g (43.14oz)
Hardback1613g (56.90oz)

Media

Illustrations10

OCLC Number

1260172364

LCCN

2020447491

BIC

  • JH
  • JHM
  • JHMC
  • PSA

BISAC

  • SOC002000
  • SOC002010
  • SOC002020
  • SCI080000
  • SCI086000

LCC

  • GN502

Keywords

  • anthropology
  • psychology
  • human evolution
  • social science
  • evolutionary biology
  • experimental psychology
  • economics
  • history
  • ritual
  • neuroscience
  • ethology
  • political science
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Human Cultures through the Scientific Lens

Essays in Evolutionary Cognitive Anthropology

This volume brings together a collection of seven articles previously published by the author, with a new introduction reframing the articles in the context of past and present questions in anthropology, psychology and human evolution. It promotes the perspective of ‘integrated’ social science, in which social science questions are addressed in a deliberately eclectic manner, combining results and models from evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, economics, anthropology and history. It thus constitutes a welcome contribution to a gradually emerging approach to social science based on E. O. Wilson’s concept of ‘consilience’.

Human Cultures through the Scientific Lens spans a wide range of topics, from an examination of ritual behaviour, integrating neuro-science, ethology and anthropology to explain why humans engage in ritual actions (both cultural and individual), to the motivation of conflicts between groups. As such, the collection gives readers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the applications of an evolutionary paradigm in the social sciences.

This volume will be a useful resource for scholars and students in the social sciences (particularly psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology and the political sciences), as well as a general readership interested in the social sciences.

Contents

1. Anthropology, Useful and Scientific: An Introduction

(pp. 1–10)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.01

2. Institutions and Human Nature

(pp. 11–14)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.02

The Naturalness of (Many) Social Institutions: Evolved Cognition as their Foundation

(pp. 15–48)
  • Pascal Boyer
  • Michael Bang Petersen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.03

3. Why Ritualized Behavior?

(pp. 49–52)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.04

Why Ritualized Behavior? Precaution Systems and Action Parsing in Developmental, Pathological and Cultural Rituals

(pp. 53–112)
  • Pascal Boyer
  • Pierre Liénard
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.05

4. Social Groups and Adapted Minds

(pp. 113–116)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.06

Safety, Threat, and Stress in Intergroup Relations: A Coalitional Index Model

(pp. 117–154)
  • Pascal Boyer
  • Rengin Firat
  • Florian van Leeuwen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.07

5. How People Think about the Economy

(pp. 155–158)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.08

Folk-Economic Beliefs: An Evolutionary Cognitive Model

(pp. 159–216)
  • Pascal Boyer
  • Michael Bang Petersen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.09

6. Detecting Mental Disorder

(pp. 217–220)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.10

Intuitive Expectations and the Detection of Mental Disorder: A Cognitive Background to Folk-Psychiatries

(pp. 221–252)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.11

7. The Ideal of Integrated Social Science

(pp. 253–256)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.12

Modes of Scholarship in the Study of Culture

(pp. 257–274)
  • Pascal Boyer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0257.13