Below are books that have been written by Evolution Institute board members and affiliated researchers. If using the links below, a small portion of your Amazon purchase will be donated to us.

How Children Invented Humanity: The Role of Development in Human Evolution

Evolution Institute Vice President Professor David F. Bjorklund

Infants and children are the often-ignored heroes when it comes to understanding human evolution. Evolutionary pressures acted upon the young of our ancestors more powerfully than on adults, and changes over the course of development in our ancestors were primarily responsible for the species and the people we have become. This book takes an evolutionary developmental perspective, emphasizing that developmental plasticity—the ability to change our physical and psychological selves early in life—is the creative force in evolution, with natural selection serving as a filter, eliminating novel developmental outcomes that did not benefit survival.

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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

It is widely understood that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won’t be truly complete until it is applied more broadly—to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy.”

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Building Bridges: Community and University Partnerships in East St. Louis

Evolution Institute Board Member Professor Kenneth Reardon tells the 10-year saga of building partnerships between a university in Illinois and various community groups in East St. Louis, which transformed their neighborhoods and the lives of students and participants against all obstacles.

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Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth

Follow Peter Turchin on an epic journey through time. From stone-age assassins to the orbiting cathedrals of the space age, from bloodthirsty god-kings to India’s first vegetarian emperor, discover the secret history of our species—and the evolutionary logic that governed it all.

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Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others

Does altruism exist? Or is human nature entirely selfish? In this eloquent and accessible book, famed biologist David Sloan Wilson provides new answers to this age-old question based on the latest developments in evolutionary science.

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Ages of Discord: A Structural-Demographic Analysis of American History

We are on the wrong track. Seventy percent of Americans (and counting) think so. The real wage of a US worker today is less than it was 40 years ago—but there are four times as many multimillionaires. As inequality grows, the politics become more poisonous. Every year, more and more Americans go on shooting sprees, killing strangers and passers-by—and now, increasingly, representatives of the state.

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Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education

This stimulating volume assembles leading scholars to address issues in children’s cognitive, academic, and social development through the lens of evolutionary psychology.

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Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives

With stories that entertain as much as they inform, Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution and shows how, properly understood, they can illuminate the length and breadth of creation, from the origin of life to the nature of religion.

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The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative

In recent years, articles in major periodicals from the New York Times Magazine to the Times Literary Supplement have heralded the arrival of a new school of literary studies that promises-or threatens-to profoundly shift the current paradigm. This revolutionary approach is known as Darwinian literary studies.

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