Evolutionary Psychology Online
An international research information network and discussion group on
brain, behaviour and evolution, with over 3150 members in 150 countries,
including distinguished individuals at most good universities and
institutes worldwide. The archive of over 16,000 items constitutes the
world's largest database on evolutionary psychology and related fields.
Ancient Cannibalism - A report in Nature may settle once and for all
a contentious debate in the world of anthropology.
Are Men Irrelevant? - NPR audio discussion between Lionel Tiger,
Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. Author,
'The Decline of Males' and Ronald Levant Dean and Professor, Center for
Psychological Studies NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale,
FL. Author, Masculinity Reconstructed; Changing the Rules of 'Manhood-At
Work, in Relationships, and in Family Life'.
Beauty Worlds: The Culture of
Beauty - All about beauty in nature and cultures past and present
with informative articles on body image, fashion, cosmetics, eating
disorders and much more from the viewpoints of evolutionary psychology,
anthropology, and psychoanalysis.
Biology Rules - Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould's review of E.
0. Wilson's book Consilience.
Biopsy - This site is maintained
by Simon Gadbois, lecturer at Acadia and Dalhousie University, Nova
Scotia, Canada, and includes links and resources for animal behaviour,
behavioural endocrinology, evolutionary psychology and biological
Boxing clever - Great claims were being made for a new website
showing off some of the world's biggest brains. But how useful is what
Boxmind - Superb online video
lecture series featuring Steven Pinker, John Searle, Daniel Dennett,
Richard Dawkins and others.
Brain Development - Marion Diamond and others on how genes and the
environment work together to shape the young developing brain.
Brain learns while sleeping - Scientists working in Britain and
Belgium say they've discovered what appears to be one of the most
important functions of sleep.
CRSC "Wedge Strategy" Document - Discovery Institute's Center for the
Renewal of Science and Culture allegedly seeks nothing less than the
overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies, according to this
document widely circulated on the web.
The Dance of
Consciousness - In an audio interview, neuroscientist Walter J.
Freeman discusses his view that consciousness springs from action.
Did the caveman teach us to queue? - The cult of evolutionary
psychology has received another boost with the theory we were born to
queue. But can caveman behaviour really explain everything we do?
Discovery Channel: Stone Ages - Discovery.com feature highlights
prehistoric human life, with stone age interactives, games, galleries and
latest news about human evolution.
Discovery Institute's "Wedge project" Circulates Online - A
recently-circulated position paper of The Center for the Renewal of
Science & Culture (CRSC) reveals an ambitious plan to replace the current
naturalistic methodology of science with a theistic alternative called
The Emotion Project
at King's College London - Details of a three-year research project
based in the Philosophy Department at King's College London,
investigating the evolution of the emotions. Also contains details of
international conference on emotion, evolution and rationality to be held
at King's on 27-28 April 2002 (speakers include Antonio Damasio and Jon
Emotions and Disease - The U.S. National Library of Medicine has
mounted an online version of an exhibition which the library's History of
Medicine Division produced "live" from November 16, 1996 to May 1, 1997
in conjunction with the Third International Congress of the International
Society for Neuroimmunomodulation, held at the National Institutes of
Evolution: Theory and History - These exhibits trace evolutionary
thought as it has developed over time, pausing to ponder the
contributions of scientists and thinkers including Aristotle, Darwin,
Wallace, and many others.
Esther Sternberg - Audio interview on NPR about the book The Balance
Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions in which Sternberg
looks at how researchers have uncovered the connection between mind and
Evolution on the Web - A collection of resources for Ethology,
Evolutionary Psychology, General Psychology, Cultural Evolution and
Memetics. Includes links to research institutions, electronic journals,
and professional societies.
Evolutionary Psychology - Introduction to the evolutionary approach
to human nature, including Wilson's ladder and other concepts in
- Evolutionary Theory, Paleoanthropology, and Adaptationism resources,
with a primer by Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, Center for Evolutionary
Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Includes chapter
abstracts from 'The Adapted Mind' (1992), 'Mapping the Mind' (1994), and
'Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology' (1998).
Evolutionary psychology - NPR radio discussion on the assumption that
evolutionary psychology claims 'that women have evolved physically and
psychologically to be weaker, less assertive, and monogamous, while men
are naturally stronger, aggressive, and promiscuous".
psychology - A comprehensive evolutionary psychology must be able to
deal with our future psychological evolution as well as our past. This
paper begins the extension of evolutionary psychology to our future
Evolutionary Psychology: An
Elegant Solution - Evolutionary Psychology is a relatively new
approach that treats the human mind as a product of evolution. According
to EP, the human mind consists of mental modules that, like the body's
organs, evolved to handle specific adaptive problems.
The Evolutionary Psychology of Beauty - Synthetic beauties
automorphed from 10 American females and 10 Japanese with a program
developed by us which can create prototypes, analyze skin surfaces,
symmetry and the complexity of almost any stimulus.
Grandmothers' Role in Evolution - A study in the February 1998 issue
of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides an
alternative to the theory that evolutionary success of humans is the
result of male behavior.
Human Genome Project - Where does the push to sequence the human
genome stand, and what's the outlook for the near future? And what will
knowing the genome be able to tell us? A genetics update on this hour of
Review - Articles and book reviews on the nature of human nature,
with good coverage of evolutionary psychology and sociobiology.
Human Origins Update - The recent discovery of 10,000-year-old rock
paintings in a Brazilian cave has led scientists to question how early
humans populated the Americas and what they did for a living. A
discussion with Anna Roosevelt and Richard Klein.
- "Writings and discussions on history, philosophy and social studies in
the human sciences: Darwinian scholarship; evolutionary psychology,
sociobiology and debates about them; cognitive psychology;
neuropsychology, modularity; narrative approaches; hermeneutics;
verstehen; biography and autobiography; behavioural genetics;
psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches; and so on." Edited by Robert
M. Young and Ian Pitchford.
Evolution and Uses - Short essays on topics such as consciousness and
the brain; how dreams and religion might have emerged; and the chances
that human intelligence arose through evolution.
New neurons - Scientists at Princeton University have produced a
research finding that goes counter to long-held wisdom about the brain.
They discovered that new neurons are continually being added to the
brains of adult monkeys, even to parts of the brain responsible for very
The Norms and Preferences
Network - The Preferences Network is an interdisciplinary group
headed by Herbert Gintis, an economist and Professor at the University
Massachusetts, and Robert Boyd, an anthropologist and Professor at UCLA.
There are working papers and internet resources here.
The original 'rock music' - Many Stone Age relics lying in our
museums might not simply be tools but could also be musical instruments.
'Origins of Communication' by Dorothy Cheney - Video presentation by
an authority on behavior, communication, and cognition of monkeys and
apes, with a focus on the similarities and differences between human and
'Origins of Culture' by William McGrew - Video presentation. McGrew
has written several books including, 'Chimpanzee Material Culture:
Implications for Human Evolution' and 'Tool-use by free-ranging
chimpanzees: The extent of diversity'.
'Origins of Human Language' by Steven Pinker - Video presentation by
the Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and one of
the world's leading evolutionary psychologists. An expert in the field of
linguistic theory, Dr. Pinker has done extensive research on language
acquisition and development. Both controversial and thought provoking,
two of his recent books, 'How the Mind Works' and 'The Language
Instinct', were NY Times bestsellers.
Origins of Language - When did we first start talking and how did
language evolve over the millenniums into the diverse form of
communication it is today? An audio debate.
'Origins of Peace' by Frans de Waal - Video presentation by the
Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Regional Primate
Research Center, Emory University and the C.H. Candler Professor of
Primate Behavior, Department of Psychology, Emory University. Dr. de Waal
is a widely known and published expert in the field of primate behavior.
He is the author of four best selling books including the recent 'Bonobo:
The Forgotten Ape' and 'Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes'.
Origins of Violence: Is Psychopathy an Adaptation? by Ian Pitchford -
Violence has been attributed to many causes including mental illness,
brain damage, child abuse, and social deprivation. This article provides
a brief overview of some recent work on sociopathy and psychopathy and
argues that models of violence, and explanations of violent acts such as
rape and homicide, need to accommodate the possibility that a large
proportion of such acts are committed by individuals whose psychology is
very different to that of the general population.
'Origins of War' by Richard Wrangham - Video presentation by a
scientist who has has conducted extensive field research on chimpanzees
and other mammals. He is widely respected, having received a number of
fellowships and awards including the Royal Anthropological Institute
Rivers Medal, and is quickly becoming one of the foremost field
researchers and primatologists of our time.
Patterson - Audio interview with the historical sociologist and
Professor at Harvard University. He won the 1991 National Book Award for
Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, appears regularly in The New
York Times, Newsweek, and The New Republic. He also served as special
adviser for social policy and development to Jamaican Prime Minister
Michael Manley during the 1970's, was on the faculty at the London School
of Economics, and has published three novels.
Paul Ehrlich: Human Natures - How much do our genes determine our
behavior? Is there such a thing as "genetic destiny?" And is evolution
merely a biological process, or is it a cultural process as well?
Pheromones - Pheromone-receptor genes have been detected before in
mice, however, the discovery of the V1RL1 gene is the first to be
reported in humans. Science Friday investigates.
Physiological psychology - The award winning SALMON web site which
contains support material for courses taught by Dr Paul Kenyon in the
Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth , Devon, UK.
and the Brain - Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker plumbs the
evolutionary origins of language and behavior while keeping his
detractors at bay.
and Evolution - Speculations on the Psychology of Paleolithic
Graphics, links to cultural-historical psychology, and links to articles
about the evolution of brain, consciousness, language, and sociality.
Darwin and Chomsky with the Human Brain - by Calvin and Bickerton.
Conversations between a neurobiologist and a linguist cover the issues
relating to what enabled structured language to emerge from
protolanguage. This may have also enhanced the intelligence and planning
skills of early humans.
Replicators: Evolutionary Powerhouses - Replicators are the
fundamental units of any process of natural selection. They were first
defined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins as any entities of
which copies are made. The concept of replicators has diverse
applications in a variety of areas, including biology, sociology,
linguistics, and philosophy.
- Audio interview with the Professor of Biological Anthropology at
Harvard University. His book 'Demonic Males' popularized ideas he has
developed in scholarly research focused on the influence of ecology on
the evolution of primate social behavior.
The Savanna Groves -
The Savanna Groves is an online forum set up to accommodate an informal
discussion of evolutionary psychology and related topics (such as
evolutionary anthropology and evolutionary biology).
of Matriarchy - Science of Matriarchy hosted by Artemis Creations
Publishing for the Matriarch's Way Journal Project. Books, papers,
articles, images, essays, feme dominance, male submission, feme
supremacy, evolutionary science, sex and reproduction, myth, free ebook.
The Science of Sleep - Harvard researchers recently identified a
"slumber switch" that tells us when to go to sleep. But why do we even
need sleep? A discussion hosted by Science Friday.
X chromosome - Radio discussion on the alleged assumptions of
evolutionary psychology featuring Natalie Angier Author, 'Woman: An
Intimate Geography' and Meredith Small Author, 'Our Babies, Ourselves:
How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent' (Anchor Books)
Professor, Anthropology Cornell University Ithaca, New York.