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Evolutionary theory holds a vital key to understanding ourselves and is at the centre of modern biology. Yet, as Henry Plotkin shows in this brilliantly argued account, it has never been integrated into psychology, the very science that seeks to explain the processes of the mind. In proposing a more revolutionary approach to psychology Professor Plotkin vividly demonstrates how an evolutionary perspective brings us closer to understanding what it is to be human and how we came to be so. 'Plotkin's EVOLUTION IN MIND and Pinker's HOW THE MIND WORKS present what is probably the best statement you can find in print of a very important contemporary view of mental structure and process' - Jerry Fodor, London Review of Books

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From the nature-nurture question, which has occupied philosophers and scientists for thousands of years, to recent debates about how the mind is structured, this text demonstrates how an evolutionist's perspective contributes to an understanding of what it is to be human and how we came to be so.

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Henry Plotkin is professor of Psychobiology and Head of the Department of Psychology at University College London. He is the author of Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge (Penguin, 1994) and the editor of several anthologies.

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