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Glenn Geher, David Sloan Wilson, Hadassah Head, and Andrew Gallup

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190624965.001.0001

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The New Human Science

The New Human Science

Sound, New Evolutionary Theory Gives Us Ultimate Causal Understanding of Human Origins, Behavior, History, Politics, and Economics

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(p.117) Chapter 7 The New Human Science
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Darwin's Roadmap to the Curriculum
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Joanne Souza

Paul M. Bingham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190624965.003.0007

All prior attempts to understand human origins, behavior, and history have led to paradoxes and dilemmas, highly resistant to resolution. This chapter reviews specific cases of failures to resolve these apparent paradoxes and dilemmas in human evolution and the social sciences. The authors argue that these failures are rooted in confusing proximate with ultimate causation. They further argue that a sound theory of human origins, behavior, and history (social coercion theory) can help to understand the human condition scientifically; specifically, this theory argues that all the unique properties of humans emerge from the unprecedented human social evolution, driven, in turn by the evolution of cost-effective coercive management of conflicts of interest. Finally, the authors argue that social coercion theory yields the first general theory of history, economics, and politics, which provides an approach to problems within the social sciences while armed with a grasp of ultimate causation. Consequently, formerly intractable scientific questions and social concerns become manageable and solvable.

Keywords:   social coercion theory, applied evolutionary psychology, evolutionary studies, Darwinism, interdisciplinary studies, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary anthropology

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