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By Randy Thornhill, Craig T. Palmer

During this sure-to-be-controversial publication, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to provide an explanation for the explanations of rape and to suggest new ways to its prevention. in accordance with Thornhill and Palmer, developed edition of a few type offers upward thrust to rape; the most evolutionary query is whether or not rape is an model itself or a derivative of different diversifications. whatever the solution, Thornhill and Palmer word, rape circumvents a important function of women's reproductive method: mate selection. it is a basic it's because rape is devastating to its sufferers, specifically younger women. Thornhill and Palmer deal with, and declare to demolish scientifically, many myths approximately rape bred via social technological know-how conception over the last twenty-five years. the preferred competition that rapists are usually not encouraged via sexual wish is, they argue, scientifically misguided. even though they argue that rape is organic, Thornhill and Palmer don't view it as inevitable. Their options for rape prevention contain instructing younger men to not rape, punishing rape extra significantly, and learning the effectiveness of "chemical castration." additionally they suggest that younger ladies reflect on the organic reasons of rape whilst making judgements approximately costume, visual appeal, and social actions. Rape may perhaps stop to exist, they argue, in basic terms in a society acquainted with its evolutionary reasons. The booklet encompasses a valuable precis of evolutionary concept and a comparability of evolutionary biology's and social science's reasons of human habit. The authors argue for the better explanatory energy and sensible usefulness of evolutionary biology. The e-book is bound to fire up dialogue either at the particular subject of rape and at the greater problems with how we comprehend and effect human habit.

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The male-female differences in the brains, other body parts, and behavior of elephant seals are attributable to the simple fact that males and females in ancestral populations faced very different obstacles to reproduction. Hence, over thousands of generations, Darwinian selection favored different adaptations in males and females. To understand why selection produced such different male-female adaptations in elephant seals but lesser differences between the adaptations of male and female harbor seals requires an understanding of what Darwin called sexual selection: the selection of traits that increase the quantity and/or the quality of an individual's mates rather than increasing the individual's ability to survive.

But evidence of specialized adaptations in the human brain is abundant. Symons (1987b, 1992), Cosmides and Tooby (1987, 1989), Barkow et al. " Although evolutionists debate the exact degree of specificity of the psychological mechanisms of the human brain (Symons 1987b, 1992; Alexander 1990;Turke 1990), essentially all of them are in agreement that the brain is much more specialized than is implied by a certain class of social scientists. As the evolutionary anthropologist Paul Turke (1990, p. 319) notes, "with the exception of some outdated behaviorists,..

Indeed, the accretion of scientific knowledge about how traits develop, with equal causal input from genes and from environment, makes it more likely that traits can be altered by changing one or more of their developmental causes. 22 Chapter 1 The degree to which differences between individuals are due to differences in genes—known as beritability—is expressed as the proportion of the variation among individuals with regard to a certain trait that is attributable to genetic rather than environmental variation (Falconer 1981).

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