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The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul by Richard Morris
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Mind in Everyday Life and Cognitive Science
by Sunny Y. Auyang
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Everyday Irrationality: How pseudo-scientists, lunatics, and the rest of us systematically fail to think rationally by Robyn Dawes
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Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us About Human Social Evolution by Frans B. M. De Waal (Editor)
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Cells and Surveys: Should Biological Measures Be Included in Social Science Research? by Caleb Ellicott Finch (Editor), James W. Vaupel (Editor), Kevin Kinsella. [Full text]
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Tempo and Mode in Evolution: Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson by Francisco J. Ayala (Editor), Walter Fitch (Editor). [Full text]
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From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development by Jack P. Shonkoff (Editor), Deborah Phillips (Editor). [Full text]
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Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin (Theology and the Sciences Series) by Patricia A. Williams [comment]
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Primate Taxonomy (Smithsonian Series in Comparative Evolutionary Biology) by Colin P. Groves
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The Mechanization of the Mind: On the Origins of Cognitive Science by Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Translated by M. B. DeBevoise
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Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing by John Harrison.
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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, edited by Robert Aunger
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Investigations by Stuart Kauffman.
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  Prophets, Cults and Madness by Anthony Stevens and John Price
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Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA by Kevin Davies
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Consciousness and Intentionality (Advances in Consciousness Research. Series A, Volume 27) by Grant Gillett, John McMillan
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The Birth of Modern Science (Making of Europe) by Paolo Rossi, Cynthia D. Ipsen (Translator)
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Understanding Nationalism by M. Montserrat Guibernau (Editor), John Hutchinson (Editor) (Editor)
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First Signals: The Evolution of Multicellular Development by John Tyler Bonner
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The Spark of Life by Christopher Wills, Jeffrey Bada
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Crisis in Sociology: The Need for Darwin by Joseph Lopreato, Timothy Crippen
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God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution by John F. Haught
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Darwin: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Howard
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Darwin: A beginner's Guide by Gill Hands
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Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
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Mind Games: American Culture and the Birth of Psychotherapy (Medicine and Society) by Eric Caplan
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The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings
by Bruce E. Wampold
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Fundamentals of an Integrated Model of Psychotherapy by Hector Fernandez-Alvarez, Anthony L. Labruzza (Translator), Hector Fernandez Alvarez
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Group Consensus and Minority Influence: Implications for Innovation by Nanne De Vries (Editor), Carsten K. De Dreu (Editor)
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Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology) by Susan Oyama (Editor), Paul E. Griffiths (Editor), Russell D. Gray (Editor)
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Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology by Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berman, Morton M. Silverman
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The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science (Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change) by Gary F. Marcus
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Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical, and Legal Practitioners edited by Robert M. Reece
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Abduction, Reason, and Science: Processes of Discovery and Explanation by Lorenzo Magnani
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Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi
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Clever As a Fox: Animal Intelligence And What It Can Teach Us About Ourselves
by Sonja I. Yoerg
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The Foundations of Cognitive Science by Joao Branquinho (Editor)
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Exiting Nirvana: My Daughter's Life with Autism by Clara Claiborne Park
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Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics by Philip R. Reilly
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Helping People with Eating Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Assessment and Treatment by Robert L. Palmer
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Hominoid Evolution and Climatic Change in Europe: Phylogeny of the Neogene Hominoid Primates of Eurasia Louis de Bonis (Editor), George D. Koufos (Editor), Peter Andrews (Editor)
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Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness by Richard Degrandpre
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A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy by David Bainbridge
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Genes, Categories, and Species: The Evolutionary and Cognitive Causes of the Species Problem by Jody Hey
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The Debated Mind: Evolutionary Psychology Versus Ethnography
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Individual Strategy and Social Structure: An Evolutionary Theory of Institutions by Peyton Young
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Creationism - The challenge is to explain why Americans should believe in science, at least enough to preserve it in the public sphere. [more

Free will - The traditional view of the will as a kind of little man in your head needs to be replaced by a detailed account of how neural tissue gives rise to controlled behavior. [more]

Schizophrenia - Psychological treatments are attracting renewed interest. [more]

Race - Steve Olson finds that "DNA analysis is explaining where "racial difference" comes from—and what it does and doesn't mean. The study of human genetic variation has become the most contentious area in modern science". [more]

Genetics - All people are created equal, after all. [more]

Music - A taste for music goes back millions of years in evolution, long before humans split off from our ancestral tree. [more]
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Archaeology - China's "Peking Man" site is crumbling. [more]

Scientific publishing - Scientists are preparing to boycott journals unless the publications make old research papers available online for free. [more]

Homosexuality - The British Fertility Society is in favour of equal parenting rights for lesbian and gay couples. [more]

Fatherhood - Scientists have found that boys aged between 11 and 14 unconsciously change the way they cradle babies, a sign of their emerging parental instincts. [more]

Mathematics - Keith Devlin looks at the impact of Kurt Gödel's work. [more]

Genetics - Tea helps to protect against DNA damage. [more]

Sexual behaviour - Teenagers are influenced by their parents' views. [more]

History of science - The word "scientist" sprang from a desire for connection and inclusiveness. [more]

Artificial intelligence - A new computer can detect signs of a range of emotional states in the voices of users, including anger, fear and disgust. [more]

Phobias - Xavier Estivill claims that people with phobias could be suffering from a hereditary condition that could one day be treated with drugs. [more] and [more]

Menopause - An American doctor takes a determined look at the bright side of getting older, reports Christine Doyle. [more]

Medicine - Medical researchers ought to devote more time and energy to looking into the differences between men and women, according to a panel of experts. [more] and [more]

Intelligence - Scientists have proved we are smarter now than ever before, largely because we watch TV, surf the net, and spend hours chatting to friends. [more]

Autism - The extraordinary talents of autistic children, who defy their low intelligence to excel in art, music or arithmetic, have been analysed and explained by one of Britain's leading authorities on the condition. [more]

Dreams - Scenes of conquest fill many men's minds during the night. [more] Women's dreams grapple with relationship woes, other daily issues. [more]

Neurology - Dr. Francine Benes heads the institution that is known in the world of neuroscience as simply ``The Brain Bank.'' [more]

Sexual behaviour - An interview with David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. [more]

Neurobiology and religion - Experiments on the brain have led neuroscientists to suggest that the capacity for religion may somehow be hardwired into us. If so, why do people's religious experiences differ so profoundly, moving some so deeply while leaving others cold? [more]

Anthropology - Michael Taussig recommends fictocriticism and gonzo anthropology. [more]

Psychology - Frans de Waal claims that psychology is bound to become more Darwinian. [more]

Connectionism - Lewis Wolpert explores neural networks. [more]

Palaeoanthropology - Meave Leakey discusses her team's recent skull find suggesting a new human ancestor. [more]

Evolutionary psychology - A talk with Geoffrey Miller on sexual selection and the mind. [more]

Mental health - One in four people only discovered a friend's mental health problems when they were admitted to hospital, says a charity. [more] Psychological conditions are typically accompanied by an array of other medical problems, from diabetes to ulcers. [more]

Longevity - Ageing and our own mortality could be the price we pay for human fertility. [more]
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Robotics - Researchers in Chicago have built a cyborg, a half-living, half-robot creature which connects the brain of an eel-like fish to a computer and is capable of moving towards lights. [more] and [more]

Archaeology - Lynne Schepartz and colleagues have found a cave full of teeth - the raw material for tools. [more]

Human genome - Eight hundred scientists from across the world are gathering in Edinburgh for a
four-day conference on human genetics. [more] and [audio]

Anthropology - Brain tissue has been found in three human skulls
dating back to the second century that were unearthed last year in
Tottori Prefecture, researchers said Monday. [more]

Evolution - The ascent
of mankind could have been influenced by frequent cosmic catastrophes. [more], [more] and [more]
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Creationism - The Kansas Board of Education can't direct school's to teach anything, so what was all the fuss about? [more]

Neanderthals - Researchers at the John Radcliffe Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford were quoted by The Times as saying the so-called "ginger gene" which gives people red hair, fair skin and freckles could be up to 100 000 years old. [more]

Artificial intelligence - Vitali Valtsev claims to have created a sophisticated artificial brain. [more] and [more]

Creationism  - Robert Wright looks at the "new" idea of "intelligent design". [more]

New germ theory - Scientific American profiles Paul W. Ewald who "argues that most cancers, heart disease and other chronic ills stem from infections. If correct, his theory will change the course of medicine". [more]
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Sociology - "European civilization has been attacked and conquered from within, without anyone quite realizing what has happened", claims Kenneth Minogue. [more]

Eugenics - James Watson "says that fears over the creation of "designer babies" are misplaced". [more], [more] and [more]

Reproductive gerontology - The New York Times looks at the relationship between aging and the risk of producing offspring with gene-influenced illnesses. [more] and [more] Earlier news reports: New York Times, Yahoo, BBC News Online, The Lancet, Nando Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times of India, CNN, Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Sun, UniSci.
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Human genome - Robert Winston believes that "the hardest thing about genetics is to make it understandable". [more]

Abortion and crime reduction - Is there a link? [more] Earlier reports: Chicago Tribune, New York Times, [abstract - 1999] and [abstract - 2000]

Sociobiology and free will - The existence or even the non-existence of human freedom of will have been essentially religious principles. [more]

Sexual selection - Joah Madden has found evidence that brains increased in size during evolution so that men could impress choosy women with their artistic prowess. [more]

Longevity - Johnjoe McFadden looks at how are genes are adapted to the short term. [more]
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Genetics - 'Race' is a meaningless concept. [more]

Neuropsychology - Staring at an unusual face for a while makes other faces seem distorted in the opposite direction. [more]

Palaeoanthropology - Fossils of what may be the earliest known ancestor of the human family have been unearthed in Kenya. The bones and teeth are about 6 million years old. [more]

Creationism vs. evolution - The New York Times reports on the "intelligent design" propaganda campaign. [more] and [more]

Neuroscience - The uniquely human ability to adopt someone else's viewpoint is now better understood - Jean Decety and colleagues have shown that when we imagine ourselves executing an action, the principal brain region that comes into play is the premotor cortex. [more] and [more]

Archaeology - An ancient city in what is now Peru was built at the same time as the great pyramids of Egypt. Science, BBC News Online, AAAS, Field Museum, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times.

Anorexia - Weight regain in anorexia nervosa results in abnormal fat redistribution. [more], [more], [more], and [more]

Sleep - Researchers at the University of Utah have found a mutant gene that causes people's internal clocks to run fast. [more]

Genetics - The British Medical Journal publishes a special edition "putting genetics into perspective". [more]

Drug addiction - Scientists have figured out how to block the pleasurable effects of cocaine in mice. [more]

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Autism - Elevated concentrations of proteins present at birth in the blood may be associated with the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood. [more] and [more]

Anxiety - The antidepressant drug fluvoxamine significantly lowers anxiety without major side effects in most children who take it. [more], [more] and [more]

Drug addiction - Measuring blood flow to the brain may be a useful way to determine when a recovering cocaine addict is able to benefit from cognitive behavior therapy as a treatment for cocaine addiction, a Yale researcher has found. [more]

Anger and depression - Women who harbor feelings of anger or depression are more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol and an unhealthy weight. [more]

Sleep - Non-REM sleep appears to enhance learning. [more], [more] and [more]

Evolution - Women only stay with men for security, and men only stay with women for sex. It's a cynical view of human relationships, but researchers now say it is the driving force behind the evolution of monogamy--and women started it. [more] and [more]

Skin colour - Black skin could be better than white skin at protecting against disease, according to James Mackintosh. [more]

Theory of mind - A new study indicates a dissociation of social cognition and executive function. [more]

Evolution - New evidence suggests that natural selection is leading women to have their first child at earlier ages. This is shown to be an inherited evolutionary change that is taking place despite the influence of social factors such as religion and education. [more] Other reports: Evolution, New Scientist, BBC News Online, Eurekalert, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph.

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Genetics - Two research groups led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators have independently identified a human gene that encodes a likely receptor for sweet compounds. [more], [more] and [more]

Psychology - A Penn State study has shown that elementary school children who have depressed mothers may have trouble regulating their emotions and getting along with other kids because their moms are unable to show them enough warmth and sensitivity. [more]

Primatology - comparative neuroscience - The difference between chimps and humans is all in the mind. It is differences in our brain's gene activity that really sets us apart from chimps. [more]

Neuroscience - Individuals with larger brains may be protected from the normal decline in mental abilities that comes with age, researchers report. [more]

Genetic archaeology - Patterns of Y-chromosome variation indicate that the Neolithic and Iron Age transitions in the British Isles occurred without large-scale male movements. The more recent invasions from Scandinavia, on the other hand, appear to have left a significant paternal genetic legacy. In contrast, patterns of mtDNA and X-chromosome variation indicate that one or more of these pre-Anglo-Saxon cultural revolutions had a major effect on the maternal genetic heritage of the British Isles. [more]

Anxiety - Anxiety disorders such as phobias are crippling forms of irrational fear that may be in part caused by an unusual genetic double-act. [more]

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Neuroscience - Burkhard Maess and colleagues have found that musical syntax is processed by the region of the brain that allows us understand whether a sentence makes sense. [more], [more] and [more]

Mind and body - A team from the University of Leeds assessed the psychiatric status of 731 people who had broken their hip. They found that people who were suffering from dementia, delirium and depression were all much more likely to die within two years of the physical injury. [more]

Philosophy and literature - Art and sexual selection by Denis Dutton. [more]

Genetics - Europeans are descended from just a few hundred Africans according to a study by Eric Lander and colleagues. [more]

Social intelligence - Elephants who follow the oldest, most experienced females tend to have the most successful families, living healthier lives and are more able to avoid predators. [more], [more], [more] and [more]

Neuroscience - Honeybees can conceptualize "sameness" and "difference." Researchers say honeybees may serve as a good model system for determining how nervous systems learn concepts. [more], [more] and [more]

Sociology - The April issue of the American Sociological Review features articles on themes related to well-being of families, parenting, and marital relationships. [more]

Depression - St. John's wort is ineffective against deep depression. [more] and [more]

Memory - David Diamond and colleagues report that rats who endure extreme stress suffer memory loss and a lessened ability to learn new things. [more]

Autism - Geraldine Dawson finds that human brains seem to be wired to be interested in faces and there appears to be a specialized system for face recognition. Autistic 3- and 4-year-olds do not react to a picture of their mother but do react when they see a picture of a familiar toy. [more]

Primatology - Chimpanzees or moved by fearful or appealing television scenes. [more]

Neuroscience - Scientists have found that a preference for mama's voice is "hard wired" into their brain cells-and can actually be transferred surgically from one species into another. [more]

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Cybersex - Women are more likely to participate than men, according to new survey. [more]

Neurogenetics of alcoholism - Scientists are moving beyond the knowledge that alcoholism is a disease. They are now integrating the previously disparate research fields of genetics and neurobiology to investigate how genetic influences may alter the function of neurotransmitters prior to and during the development of alcoholism. [more] Alcohol affects women more severely than men. [more]  and [more]

Neuroscience - Gregory S. Berns and colleagues are beginning to reveal the biological basis of the human attraction to surprising events. [more], [more] and [more]. The full text.

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Intelligence and IQ - A new mathematical model could help explain how certain environments can trigger changes in a person's IQ as well as the relative influence of genes and the environment on IQ by exploring how internal and external factors might interact. [more], Other reports: The Times, New Scientist, Yahoo, UniSci

History of ideas - Adam Smith's invisible hand metaphor (IH) is examined in light of two different accounts of the origin of traits: Charles Darwin's theory of evolutionary optimization and William Paley's theory of divine intervention - a paper by Elias Khalil. [more]


Biology of stress - An interview with Robert Sapolsky. [more]
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Schizophrenia - John McCrone reviews The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity by David Horrobin. [more]
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Sperm competition - Paul Raeburn reviews Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition by Tim Birkhead. [more]
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Biology - The biggest challenge for the future of biology is integration, according to Leroy Hood, founder of the Systems for Integrative Biology in Seattle. [more]

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Psychology - Emily Nussbaum reviews A Life of Jung by Ronald Hayman. [more
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Neuroscience - Bradley T. Hyman reviews The Dying of Enoch Wallace: Life, Death and the Changing Brain by Ira B. Black. [more]

Philosophy - Sylvia Nasar reviews Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness, 1921-1970 by Ray Monk. [more] [first chapter] [obituary]
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Archive - We have gathered together over 400 major book reviews for your delight and edification. [more] and [more]

Imaging - Bob Dougherty discusses functional brain imaging, brain variability, and functional variability. [more


Behavioral Measures of Neurotoxicity - Online publication.

Bridging Disciplines in the Brain, Behavioral, and Clinical Sciences - Terry C. Pellmar and Leon Eisenberg, Editors; Committee on Building Bridges in the Brain, Behavioral, and Clinical Sciences; Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health. A complete online volume.

Cells and Surveys - Should Biological Measures Be Included in Social Science Research? Caleb E. Finch, James W. Vaupel, and Kevin Kinsella, Editors; Committee on Population, National Research Council. The full text is here.

Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species - HTML version of Darwin's scientific classic.

Charles Darwin - The Descent of Man - HTML version of Darwin's most controversial work.

Charles Darwin - The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals - A foundational text in evolutionary psychology.

Charles Darwin - The Voyage of the Beagle - Darwin's own account of his remarkable journey.

Darwin's Metaphor - An influential work on the social context of Darwinism.

Discovering the Brain - Sandra Ackerman for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. A complete online volume.

The Effects of a Threatening Rumor on a Disaster-Stricken Community - Disaster Research Group, Division of Anthropology and Psychology, National Academy of Sciences, 1958. A complete online volume from the National Academy Press.

Evaluating Human Genetic Diversity - Committee on Human Genome Diversity, National Research Council. The full text is available online.

Genetics and the Origin of Species - From Darwin to Molecular Biology 60 Years After Dobzhansky. The full text of the book is available online in multiple formats.

In the Mind's Eye: - Online publication.

Learning, Remembering, Believing - National Academy Press publication available online.

Nature and Human Society - National Academy Press online publication.

The Psychological Well-Being of Nonhuman Primates - Complete online publication from the National Academy Press.

Science and Creationism - Complete online book from the National Academy Press.

Shaping the Future: Biology and Human Values - Complete text online from National Academy Publishing.

Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science - Online book from the National Academies.

Tempo and Mode in Evolution - Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson. Walter M. Fitch and Francisco J. Ayala, Editors, for the National Academy of Sciences. The full text is available here.

Thomas Henry Huxley - Autobiography and Selected Essays - Online book.

Uncommon Measures: Equivalence and Linkage Among Educational Tests - Michael J. Feuer, Paul W. Holland, Bert F. Green, Meryl W. Bertenthal, and F. Cadell Hemphill, Editors; Committee on Equivalency and Linkage of Educational Tests, National Research Council. Complete text online.

Understanding and Preventing Violence, Volume 1 - National Academy Press complete online volume.

Understanding and Preventing Violence, Volume 2 - National Academy Press complete text online.

Understanding and Preventing Violence, Volume 3 - National Academy Press complete online volume.

Understanding and Preventing Violence, Volume 4 - National Academy Press complete online text.

Understanding Violence Against Women - Nancy A. Crowell and Ann W. Burgess, Editors; Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, National Research Council. Complete online publication from the National Academy Press.

William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience - A classic work by one of the first scientists to apply evolutionary ideas to psychology.

Irrationality - Kurt Kleiner reviews Everyday Irrationality: How pseudo-scientists, lunatics, and the rest of us systematically fail to think rationally by Robyn Dawes. [more]
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Creativity - Richard Gregory reviews The Origins of Creativity edited by Karl H. Pfenninger and Valerie R. Shubik. [more]
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Anthropology - The UCSB team responds to Terrence Turner's letter in the New York Review of Books regarding the Darkness in El Dorado affair. [more]

Animal behaviour - James L. Gould reviews Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution by Eytan Avital & Eva Jablonka. [more]

Evolution - Nicole Chardenet reviews Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson. [more]
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Evolution - The Evolution of Language Through Sexual Selection by J.C. Smith (in press). [more]

Racism - Frank Furedi reviews The Problem of Race in the 21st Century by Thomas C Holt. [more]
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Modularity - Dan Sperber defends "massive modularity". [more]

Artificial intelligence - John Naughton reviews The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing by Martin Davis. [more]
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Psychiatry - Anthony Clare is not convinced that schizophrenia is associated with exceptional artistic and scientific abilities. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - Douglas Palmer reviews The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right/The Extraordinary Life of Eugene Dubois by Pat Shipman. [more]
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Darwinian psychology - Martin Levin concurs with Steve Jones' skeptical view. [more]

Neuropsychiatry - Trevor Robbins recommends a "landmark publication in psychiatry and neuroscience" The Neurobiology of Mental Illness. [more]
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Creationism vs. evolution - Jerry Coyne looks at the strange motivation behind an example of 'creationism by stealth' Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells. [more]
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Cognitive neuroscience - The New Cognitive Neurosciences likely provides the most representative cross-section of cognitive neuroscience that is possible at this time. [more]
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Molecular biology - Robert Bazell reviews Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science by Shane Crotty. [more]
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Emotion - Dylan Evans argues that emotions "act as a stabilising and humanising influence both individually and in social groups" in Emotion: The Science of Sentiment. [more]
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