The Evolution of Intelligence (new book)

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    The book The Evolution of Intelligence, edited by Robert J. Sternberg and
    James C. Kaufman has finally been published. The book has 20 authors in
    all, and is 390 pages long. It is available for $79.95 from the publisher
    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
    or from bookstores.



    1. R.J. Sternberg, The Search for Criteria: Why Study the Evolution of

    2. J.B. Grossman, J.C. Kaufman, Evolutionary Psychology: Promise and Perils.

    3. D.F. Bjorklund, K. Kipp, Social Cognition, Inhibition, and Theory of
    Mind: The Evolution of Human Intelligence.

    4. J.L. Bradshaw, The Evolution of Intellect: Cognitive, Neurological, and
    Primatological Aspects and Hominid Culture.

    5. R.W. Byrne, The Primate Origins of Human Intelligence.

    6. W.H. Calvin, Pumping Up Intelligence: Abrupt Climate Jumps and the
    Evolution of Higher Intellectual Functions During the Ice Ages.

    7. M.C. Corballis, Evolution of the Generative Mind.

    8. L. Cosmides, J. Tooby, Unraveling the Enigma of Human Intelligence:
    Evolutionary Psychology and the Multimodular Mind.

    9. O. Flanagan, V.G. Hardcastle, E. Nahmias, Is Human Intelligence an
    Adaptation? Cautionary Observations From the Philosophy of Biology.

    10. P. Godfrey-Smith, Environmental Complexity and the Evolution of Cognition.

    11. H.J. Jerison, On Theory in Comparative Psychology.

    12. A. Lynch, Evolutionary Contagion in Mental Software.

    13. I.M. Pepperberg, Evolution of Avian Intelligence, With an Emphasis on
    Grey Parrots ( Psittacus erithacus).

    14. H. Plotkin, Intelligence as Predisposed Skeptical Induction Engines.

    15. P. Bloom, Get Smart.

    My own contribution, "Evolutionary Contagion in Mental Software." includes
    topics of astrological dating, belief in psychic powers, popularity of the
    hypothesis that women have an innate partner wealth preference, the rise of
    Nazism and neo-Nazism, US slavery and racism, the belief in corporal
    punishment of children, the role of accelerating evolution in rising IQ
    test averages, the possible (ironic) effect of neo-Nazi and other racist
    ideologies in diminishing genetic and environmental components of
    individual and population intelligence, and the evolution of intelligence
    in the presence of mind-enhancing technologies. The chapter might help to
    remind some readers that evolutionary cultural replicator theory does not
    depend upon the terms "meme," "ideavirus," "culturegen," etc. or the
    definition disputes. Henry Plotkin's chapter has a section making some
    general comments on work done using the word "meme." I do not believe he
    read my chapter in advance, nor did I read his chapter until receiving the
    whole book in hard cover.

    --Aaron Lynch

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