An enjoyable and informative book.
(Thomas J. Bouchard Quarterly Review of Biology
Gander has written a useful overview of evolutionary psychology and its implications for understanding important contemporary social issues... Gander is successful in combining sophisticated conceptual and ideological analysis with engaging writing. Both proponents and opponents of evolutionary psychology will profit from reading the book... Highly recommended.
A lucid and thought-provoking exploration of an intellectual theme that will increasingly engage us in the coming decades: human nature and its implications. On Our Minds is clear and lively enough to interest a general audience, while containing novel analyses that should be considered by the specialists.
(Steven Pinker, Harvard University, author of How the Mind Works
and The Blank Slate
This is a fine book that will arouse passions. Gander has produced a conscientious and scientifically sound account of the core evolutionary biology upon which evolutionary psychology is built, and in delightful addition, a sometimes witty, always fair account of the political and cultural high jinks of the opponents of evolutionary psychology. There is no scientific subject more politically fraught today. This is a very well written, competently documented survey of its currently salient ideas and of the story of how they came to be salient.
(Paul R. Gross, University of Virginia)
A very good book for those unacquainted with or confused by the modern debate on human nature or with the principles of evolutionary psychology.
(Boguslaw Pawlowski Journal of Biosocial Science
About the Author
Eric M. Gander is an associate professor of Public Argument in the department of communication studies at Baruch College, City University of New York.