Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Predicting, and Influencing Human Behavior

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Editor David Sloan Wilson, PhD, is president of The Evolution Institute and a SUNY distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University. He applies evolutionary theory to all aspects of humanity in addition to the biological world. His books include Darwin's Cathedral, Evolution for Everyone, The Neighborhood Project, and Does Altruism Exist?

​Editor Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is foundation professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of forty-four books and over 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of human prosperity. He has received several awards, including the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).


"The best ideas seem simple and obvious in retrospect. What, for example, could be simpler or more obvious than the principle of 'selection by consequences?'And yet, when Darwin applied this 'simple and obvious' principle to phenotypic variation, we got natural selection, biology's biggest idea. Then, about one hundred years later, Skinner applied the same principle and gave us behavior analysis; a view of learning (among other things) that still has no serious explanatory rival in psychology. With this volume, David Sloan Wilson and Steven Hayes have assembled chapters by some of the most creative and rigorous minds in their respective disciplines. Their collective efforts offer an updated and elaborated account of these two big ideas, making clear along the way what only now--in retrospect--seems so simple and obvious: that Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science are scientific sprouts off the same conceptual root."
--James Coan, PhD, professor at the University of Virginia--James Coan, PhD
"This is a remarkable and unique volume that will likely start a paradigm shift in the behavioral sciences. Edited by the foremost leaders in their respective fields, David Sloan Wilson and Steven C. Hayes assembled a fascinating collection of chapters to derive a framework for understanding and changing human behavior. If Skinner and Darwin had been asked to write a book together after further developing their ideas, this would have been the one. Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science will change the way you think about humans."
--Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University--Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD
"The human mind is different from all other animals because of our cognitive abilities. It has given rise to extraordinary cultures both good and bad, to cooperation, language, art, science, and medicine but also war, slavery, factory farming, and the enjoyment of violence. The key to understanding how the human mind works requires an understanding of its evolved functional motives and competencies, and their contextual phenotypic organization. What nature prepares us with, our social niche grows, patterns, and choreographs. This volume brings together two of the world's outstanding and leading exponents on both dimensions, the evolved nature of mind and the contextual choreographies of mind, partly but not only through language. Together this range of contributors provide a fascinating and scholarly set of writings with the focus to integrate and cross-fertilize these two bodies of scientific investigation. Together they take a deep dive into the link between nature and culture. It's a must-read for anybody interested in this fundamental analysis of the human condition."
--Paul Gilbert, OBE, PhD, is professor in the department of psychology at the University of Derby, and author of Human Nature and Suffering and The Compassionate Mind--Paul Gilbert, OBE, PhD