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The Shape of ThoughtHow Mental Adaptations Evolve$
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H. Clark Barrett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.001.0001

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The Shape of Thought

H. Clark Barrett

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the topics of human nature and human uniqueness. It argues that it is a mistake to conceptualize human nature as solely consisting of what is unique to humans, as most features of human psychology have homologs in other species. It also constrasts “one reason” theories of human uniqueness with theories that can account for the coevolution of many features of human psychology since the chimpanzee-human common ancestor.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, human nature, human uniqueness, hominins, Homo sapiens, brain size, life history theory

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