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  1. #1 Behavioral modernity? 
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    Hi can anyone recommend any good books by respected authors on the subject of behavioural modernity? (Or what is otherwise known as "the great leap forward").

    I'm attempting to learn more about this topic, but I don't want to waste my money on poor purchases of inappropriate titles.

    I also would be up for reading any online books, or watching any videos.

    For those not quite familiar with the term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_modernity

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    Great topic.

    I don't know exactly what books you might be interested in but from a biological perspective I would search the topic of "Evolutionary Psychology" and you may want to check out "Steven Pinker".

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    Well while psychology is a part, it's not really the main focus of this subject. I did a psychology course last year and wasn't overly impressed with the subject (at least from the perspective of psychologists). The problem with psychology is that everyone who can open their mouths is said to 'have a theory'. But that's not what my understanding of theory is from a scientific perspective.

    Anyway, yeah, I'm mostly looking for book recommendations that cover all of the evidence in as rounded a way as possible.
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    The problem with psychology is that everyone who can open their mouths is said to 'have a theory'.
    I think your making a mistake in your understanding of the application of theory. Anyone can open their mouth in regard to "any" field of science but psychology like any science can make an hypothesis / theories and test predictictions and statisticaly measure how accurately experimements demonstrate predictions.

    Evolutionary psychology .. as you may already know .. is biological evolution of the physical brain and how it relates to behavoir. I can't see how the field would not help your understanding of the subject.

    In fact it is smack in the middle of the question you seek ; did we learn to be what we are or did it happen or become available from a genetic change.

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    It's not the only one though. Like I said it's a factor, but I prefer to look at cognition from a biological perspective.

    It will be in there with any study of the subject, but as I also said I did a purely psychology based course last year (for a year) and I hated it. There are plenty of people (particularly in the 'other sciences') who will readily put up some very convincing arguments for why psychology should not be considered a science at all.

    The only bit that was any use at all when I studied it was the evolutionary and brain size development aspects of it.

    But that's besides the point - and is getting very off track. As I said I am open to any suggestions that treat the subject in as rounded a way as possible. Evolutionary/cognitive development will certainly be an aspect of this, but so also will be aspects of culture, migration, climate etc.

    I am slightly surprised though that in the few days since posting I have received so few responses??
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