By Randy Thornhill, Craig T. Palmer

ISBN-10: 0262201259

ISBN-13: 9780262201254

During this sure-to-be-controversial booklet, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to give an explanation for the motives of rape and to suggest new techniques to its prevention. based on Thornhill and Palmer, advanced variation of a few variety supplies upward push to rape; the most evolutionary query is whether or not rape is an model itself or a derivative of alternative diversifications. whatever the resolution, Thornhill and Palmer notice, rape circumvents a primary characteristic of women's reproductive method: mate selection. it is a fundamental it's because rape is devastating to its sufferers, specially younger women. Thornhill and Palmer handle, and declare to demolish scientifically, many myths approximately rape bred by means of social technological know-how conception during the last twenty-five years. the preferred rivalry that rapists should not prompted via sexual hope is, they argue, scientifically erroneous. even though they argue that rape is organic, Thornhill and Palmer don't view it as inevitable. Their innovations for rape prevention comprise educating younger men to not rape, punishing rape extra critically, and learning the effectiveness of "chemical castration." in addition they suggest that younger ladies give some thought to the organic explanations of rape while making judgements approximately gown, visual appeal, and social actions. Rape may possibly stop to exist, they argue, basically in a society familiar with its evolutionary motives. The ebook features a invaluable precis of evolutionary thought and a comparability of evolutionary biology's and social science's motives of human habit. The authors argue for the better explanatory strength and functional 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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Inheritance occurs—like begets like, traits breed true—when Rape and Evolutionary Theory 27 and only when both genetic and environmental influences are repeated between generations. This approach provides an answer to the question about the relationship between culture and biology that has dominated much of the history of social science (Freeman 1983; Brown 1991). Claims that cultural inheritance is independent of biological inheritance, whether made by nonevolutionary social scientists or by evolutionary biologists (Dawkins 1976; Boyd and Richerson 1978, 1985; Pulliam and Dunford 1980), are erroneous.

In this case, however, both individuals process specific information in their social-striving mechanisms. Each uses specific information about how the other has responded to his or her comments to decide on the next line of argument to use. Furthermore, they both use specific psychological procedures to construct specific arguments that relate this feedback to information that they learned in the course of their training in their respective fields. In this way, consciousness adaptations generate many kinds of secondary mechanisms or procedures that are used in social striving.

This is the case for all human behaviors—even for such by-products as cosmetic surgery, the content of movies, legal systems, and fashion trends. The crucial legitimate scientific debate about the evolutionary cause of human rape concerns whether rape is a result of rape-specific adaptation or a by-product of other adaptations. That is, does rape result from men's special-purpose psychology, and perhaps from associated nonpsychological anatomy, designed by selection for rape, or is rape an incidental effect of special-purpose adaptation to circumstances other than rape?

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