Book Reviews — Anthropology
Book Review: Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind by Ben Shephard. Reviewed by Amy Ione.
This book traces a slice of history that in turn introduces us to some of those drawn to study human psychology and mental health a few decades after Darwin’s theory of evolution took root. Four of these pioneers are the focus of this book: William Rivers, Grafton Elliot Smith, Charles Myers, and William McDougall.
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A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species by Robert Boyd Reviewed by Amy Ione.
Boyd introduces his theory that biology and culture are both evolutionary, a topic he’s been working on with Peter Richerson for three decades. Four Responses to the lectures also included in the volume. All four commentators endorse the contours of Boyd’s theory and their critiques also raise valid questions. The commentators are H. Allen Orr, an evolutionary biologist; Ruth Mace, an evolutionary anthropologist; Kim Sterelny, a philosopher of science; and Paul Seabright, an economist.
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