By Randy Thornhill, Craig T. Palmer

ISBN-10: 0262201259

ISBN-13: 9780262201254

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 techniques to its prevention. based on Thornhill and Palmer, developed edition of a few type supplies upward thrust to rape; the most evolutionary query is whether or not rape is an variation itself or a derivative of different diversifications. whatever the solution, Thornhill and Palmer be aware, rape circumvents a important characteristic of women's reproductive approach: mate selection. it is a basic for the reason that rape is devastating to its sufferers, specifically younger ladies. Thornhill and Palmer deal with, and declare to demolish scientifically, many myths approximately rape bred by way of social technology conception over the last twenty-five years. the preferred rivalry that rapists should not inspired by way of 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 concepts 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 women reflect on the organic reasons of rape while making judgements approximately costume, visual appeal, and social actions. Rape may well stop to exist, they argue, in basic terms in a society acquainted with its evolutionary factors. The publication contains a worthy precis of evolutionary concept and a comparability of evolutionary biology's and social science's factors of human habit. The authors argue for the higher explanatory strength and sensible usefulness of evolutionary biology. The booklet is bound to fan the flames of dialogue either at the particular subject of rape and at the greater problems with how we comprehend and impression human habit.

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3 The initial difference in parental investment—the difference in size between the sperm and the egg—has strongly biased selection to favor other adaptations that reinforce it. In many species, males direct all or most of their energy into trying to copulate, and females provide all the parental care. The result of this is that each male's role in offspring production (and hence his reproductive success) is limited entirely by his access to females, because females provide the parental effort upon which the survival of offspring depends.

And these cells, tissues, and organs themselves are products of their own gene-environment interactions. " Not only is it meaningless to suggest that any trait of an individual is environmentally or genetically "determined"; it is not even valid to talk of a trait as "primarily" genetic or environmental. However, since "biological" actually means "of or pertaining to life," it is quite valid to claim that any phenotypic trait of an organism is biologically, or evolutionarily, determined (Daly and Wilson 1983, chapter 10; Oyama 1985).

Like any aspect of phenotype, any cultural behavior—whether designed by natural selection or merely a by-product of other adaptations—may be currently non-adaptive, and even maladaptive, as a result of environmental influences that are novel with respect to the historical environments in which the mechanisms responsible for the cultural behavior evolved. Just as some of the pronghorn antelope's social behaviors are not currently adaptive but are adaptations to extinct predators, many human adaptations, both behavioral and physiological, are not currently adaptive.

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