Behaviour, Development and Evolution

Behaviour, Development and Evolution Patrick Bateson
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The role of parents in shaping the characters of their children, the causes of violence and crime, and the roots of personal unhappiness are central to humanity. Like so many fundamental questions about human existence, these issues all relate to behavioural development. In this lucid and accessible book, eminent biologist Professor Sir Patrick Bateson suggests that the nature/nurture dichotomy we often use to think about questions of development in both humans and animals is misleading. Instead, he argues that we should pay attention to whole systems, rather than to simple causes, when trying to understand the complexity of development.

In his wide-ranging approach Bateson discusses why so much behaviour appears to be well-designed. He explores issues such as ‘imprinting’ and its importance to the attachment of offspring to their parents; the mutual benefits that characterise communication between parent and offspring; the importance of play in learning how to choose and control the optimal conditions in which to thrive; and the vital function of adaptability in the interplay between development and evolution.

Bateson disputes the idea that a simple link can be found between genetics and behaviour. What an individual human or animal does in its life depends on the reciprocal nature of its relationships with the world about it. This knowledge also points to ways in which an animal’s own behaviour can provide the variation that influences the subsequent course of evolution.

This has relevance not only for our scientific approaches to the systems of development and evolution, but also on how humans change institutional rules that have become dysfunctional, or design public health measures when mismatches occur between themselves and their environments. It affects how we think about ourselves and our own capacity for change.


Behaviour, Development and Evolution

Patrick Bateson | February 2017
134 | 22 colour illustration | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783742486
ISBN Hardback: 9781783742493
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783742509
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783742516
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783742523
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0097
BIC subject codes: PD (Science: general issues); BISAC: SCI070060 (Science: Life Sciences, Zoology, Ethology - Animal Behavior)



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Preface

1. Appearance of Design
    Design of machines
    Conflicts in motivation
    Conclusions

2. Imprinting and Attachment
    Attachment in humans
    Imprinting in the wild
    Individual recognition
    Conclusions

3. Rules and Reciprocity
    Models of development
    Alternative pathways
    Rules for changing the rules
    Coordination in development
    Conclusions

4. Discontinuities in Development
    Loss of continuity
    Conclusions

5. Early Experience and Later Behaviour
    Washing the brain
    Neurobiology
    Continuity and change
    Conclusions

6. Communication between Parents and Offspring
    Parents and offspring
    Conclusions

7. Avoiding Inbreeding and Incest
    Early experience and sexual attraction
    Incest taboos
    Conclusions

8. Genes in Development and Evolution
    Genes in development
    Heritability
    Epigenetics
    Selfish genes
    Conclusions

9. Active Role of Behaviour
    Environmental change
    Conclusions

10. Adaptability in Evolution
    Behaviour and evolution
    Conclusions

11. Concluding Remarks

Index


Sir Patrick Bateson, FRS is Emeritus Professor of Ethology at the University of Cambridge and was formerly Biological Secretary of the Royal Society and President of the Zoological Society of London.