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SEAL News: June 10, 2010 – Publications of Interest

Posted by on Thursday, June 10, 2010 in news.

Publications of Interest

Selected Publications By SEAL Members

  • David J. Herring, Fathers and Child Maltreatment: A Research Agenda Based on Evolutionary Theory and Behavioral Biology Research, 31 Children and Youth Services Review 935-945 (2009) [link]
  • Robin Bradley Kar, The Second-Person Standpoint and the Law (April 14, 2010) [link]
  • Owen Jones & Robert Kurzban, Intuitions of Punishment,  78 Chicago Law Review – (forthcoming 2010) (with Robert Kurzban)  [link]
  • Paul Robinson, Robert Kurzban & Owen Jones, Realism, Punishment, and Reform, 78 Chicago Law Review – (forthcoming 2010) [link]
  • Owen D. Jones, Joshua W. Buckholtz, Jeffrey D. Schall & Rene Marois, Brain Imaging for Legal Thinkers: A Guide for the Perplexed, Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 5 (2009) [link]
  • Owen D. Jones, Implications for Law of a Unified Behavioral Science, 30 Behavioral & Brain Sciences 30 (2007) [link]
  • Owen D. Jones,, Keeping Pace with Change: Why It Matters that Behaviors Evolve, Forbes (Feb. 5, 2009) [link]
  • Michael D. Guttentag, Is There a Law Instinct?, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 269 (2009) [link]
  • Michael Freeman & Oliver Goodenough, Law, Mind and Brain (2009)
  • Nita Farahany, The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law (2009) [link]
  • Timothy Goldsmith, How Scandalous is Knowledge of Evolutionary Psychology? 46 Society 341 (2009)
  • Julie De Coninck & Bart Du Laing, Comparative Law, Behavioural Economics and Contemporary Evolutionary Functionalism (2009) [link]
  • Scott Fruehwald, Reciprocal Altruism as the Basis of Contract, University of Louisville Law Review (2009) [link]
  • Ryan Shannon, The “Enlightened Barbarity” of Inclusive Fitness and Wrongful Death: Biological Justifications for an Investment Theory of Loss in Wycko v. Gnodtke, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2010)
  • Andreas De Block & Bart Du Laing, Amusing Ourselves to Death? Superstimuli and the Evolutionary Social Sciences (November 6, 2009) Philosophical Psychology, Forthcoming [link]
  • Benito Arruñada, Human Nature and Institutional Analysis 81-99 (UPF Econ. & Bus., Working Paper No. 822, 2005) [link]
  • Benito Arruñada & Xosé H. Vázquez, Behavioral Assumptions and Management Ability: A Tentative Test (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Econ. & Bus., Working Paper Series No. 1157, 2009) [link]
  • Adam Benforado, The Geography of Criminal Law, 31 Cardozo L. Rev. 823 (2010) [link]
  • David Buss & Cindy Meston, “Why Women Have Sex” (2010) [link]
  • Naomi R. Cahn, Accidental Incest: Drawing the Line – Or the Curtain? – For Reproductive Technology, 32 Harv. J. L. & Gender (2009) [link]
  • Thomas Earl Geu, A Single Theory of Limited Liability Companies: An Evolutionary Analysis, 42 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 507 (2009)
  • David M. Buss, The Great Struggles of Life: Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Psychology, 64 American Psychologist 140 (2009) [link]
  • Scott Dodson, Darwinist View of the Living Constitution, 61 Vand. L. Rev. 1319 (2008) [link]
  • Bret Rappaport, Tapping The Human Adaptive Origins of Storytelling by Requiring Legal Writing Students to Read a Novel in Order to Appreciate How Character, Setting, Plot, Theme, And Tone (Csptt) are as Important as Irac, 25 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 267 (2008) [link]
  • Scott Fruehwald, A Biological Basis of Rights, 19 U. S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J 195, 236 (2010) [link]

Article Featuring S.E.A.L.

The following article, by SEAL member David Buss and colleagues, features a favorable discussion of SEAL, and evolutionary analysis in law generally (See page 121).  It also provides a wonderful overview of common misunderstandings of evolutionary perspectives.  The primary goal of the article is to clarify some of the common misunderstandings and controversies about evolutionary psychology that surround  issues such as testability, falsifiability, domain-specificity, intractability, rationality, learning, culture, genes, genetic determinism, novel environments, and others.

Confer, J. C., Easton, J. A., Fleischman, D. S., Goetz, C. D., Lewis, D. M., Perilloux, C., & Buss, D. M., Evolutionary Psychology: Controversies, Questions, Prospects, and Limitations, 65 American Psychologist 110-126 (2010) [link]

Evolutionary psychology has emerged over the past 15 years as a major theoretical perspective, generating an increasing volume of empirical studies and assuming a larger presence within psychological science. At the same time, it has generated critiques and remains controversial among some psychologists. Some of the controversy stems from hypotheses that go against traditional psychological theories; some from empirical findings that may have disturbing implications; some from misunderstandings about the logic of evolutionary psychology; and some from reasonable scientific concerns about its underlying framework. This article identifies some of the most common concerns and attempts to elucidate evolutionary psychology’s stance pertaining to them. These include issues of testability and falsifiability; the domain specificity versus domain generality of psychological mechanisms; the role of novel environments as they interact with evolved psychological circuits; the role of genes in the conceptual structure of evolutionary psychology; the roles of learning, socialization, and culture in evolutionary psychology; and the practical value of applied evolutionary psychology.

Selected Other Publications of Interest

  • Michael Bang Petersen, Aaron Sell, John Tooby & Leda Cosmides, Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal Justice: A Recalibrational Theory of Punishment and Reconciliation, in Human Morality & Sociality: Evolutionary & Comparative Perspectives 72, (Henrik Høgh-Olesen ed., 2010) [link]
  • James E. Krier, Evolutionary Theory and the Origins of Property Rights, 95 Cornell L. Rev. 139-159 (2009) [link]
  • Jospeh P. Forgas, Martie G. Haselton, & William von Hippel, eds., Evolution and the Social Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and Social Cognition (2007)
  • Griet Vandermasssen, Who’s Afraid of Charles Darwin? Debating Feminism and Evolutionary Theory (2005)
  • Randy Thornhill, & Steven W. Gangestad, The Evolutionary Biology of Human Female Sexuality, Oxford University Press, New York, 2008, 411 pp.
  • Mark Pallen, The Rough Guide to Evolution (2009)
  • Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution is True (2009)
  • Michael Ruse & Joseph Travis, Evolution: The First Four Billion Years (2009) [link]
  • Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (2009) [link]
  • Henrik Hogh-Olesen, ed., Human Morality & Sociality: Evolutionary & Comparative Perpectives (2010)
  • Kathleen D. Vohs & Jannine Lasaleta, Heterosexual Sexual Behavior is Governed by Social Exchange and Basic Economic Principles: Sexual Economics Theory, 9 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 785 (2008)
  • Richard A. Epstein, Happiness and Revealed Preferences in Evolutionary Perspective, 33 Vt. L. Rev. 559 (2009)


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