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Modernity and Cultural Decline

A Biobehavioral Perspective

Authors: Sarraf, Matthew, Woodley of Menie, Michael Anthony, Feltham, Colin

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  • Advances highly original theory of the ultimate basis of negative trends associated with modernity
    Unites prior work in psychometrics, evolutionary psychology, and evolutionary biology
    Critically assesses various competing explanations and perspectives

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This book argues that despite the many real advantages that industrial modernity has yielded—including large gains in wealth, longevity, and (possibly) happiness—it has occurred together with the appearance of a variety of serious problems. Chief among these are probable losses in subjective existential purpose and increases in psychopathology. A highly original theory of the ultimate basis of these trends is advanced, which unites prior work in psychometrics and evolutionary science. This theory builds on the social epistasis amplification model to argue that genetic and epigenetic changes in modernizing and modernized populations, stemming from shifts in selective pressures related to industrialization, have lowered human fitness and wellness. 


About the authors

Matthew Alexandar Sarraf is a researcher in the areas of psychometrics, evolutionary psychology, and behavior genetics.

Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Yr., is a geneticist and ecologist. He is a Lifetime Fellow at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Colin Feltham is Emeritus Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. 


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modernity and Cultural Decline
Book Subtitle
A Biobehavioral Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32984-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32984-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32983-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 307
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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