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By Randy Thornhill, Craig T. Palmer

ISBN-10: 0262201259

ISBN-13: 9780262201254

During this sure-to-be-controversial ebook, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to give an explanation for the reasons of rape and to suggest new techniques to its prevention. in accordance with Thornhill and Palmer, developed version of a few variety supplies upward thrust to rape; the most evolutionary query is whether or not rape is an model itself or a derivative of alternative diversifications. whatever the resolution, Thornhill and Palmer observe, rape circumvents a relevant function of women's reproductive approach: mate selection. this can be a basic the reason for this is that rape is devastating to its sufferers, particularly younger ladies. Thornhill and Palmer handle, and declare to demolish scientifically, many myths approximately rape bred by way of social technological know-how thought during the last twenty-five years. the preferred rivalry that rapists aren't prompted by way of sexual wish is, they argue, scientifically erroneous. even though they argue that rape is organic, Thornhill and Palmer don't view it as inevitable. Their techniques for rape prevention comprise instructing younger men to not rape, punishing rape extra significantly, and learning the effectiveness of "chemical castration." in addition they suggest that younger women think of the organic motives of rape while making judgements approximately gown, visual appeal, and social actions. Rape may possibly stop to exist, they argue, simply in a society acquainted with its evolutionary reasons. The booklet encompasses a worthy precis of evolutionary thought and a comparability of evolutionary biology's and social science's reasons of human habit. The authors argue for the better 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 higher problems with how we comprehend and impact human habit.

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Certain changes in either the genes or the environment change a cell (and may even end its existence). As an organism continues to develop, genes will create new cells only when they inter- Rape and Evolutionary Theory 21 act with certain additional environmental triggers, and differences in the developmental environment will produce a variety of cells (muscle cells, nerve cells, and so on). This constant intertwining of genetic and environmental factors continues throughout the life of the organism.

But this use of 'innate' overlooks the fact that the behavior requires the presence of many other environmental factors. Rather than implying that no environmental factors are necessary, "innate" actually implies that specific environmental factors necessary for the behavior to occur have not been identified. Hence, it connotes behaviors and other traits for which particular experiences can be ruled out as developmental causes, but not all environmental causes. Conversely, "learned" implies only that specific identified environmental factors necessary to the occurrence of the behavior have been identified, not that such environmental factors are sufficient for the behavior to occur.

An offspring), the difference in the minimum cost of copulation to males and females is predicted to have led to selection favoring more mating effort by men than by women. Relative to women, men can produce more offspring by frequent sexual encounters with different partners; thus, males would be predicted to allocate more reproductive effort to mating effort than females do. This generates a number of testable predictions. One is that many ancestors of current humans were successful male polygynists.

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