Evolutionary Psychiatry

Bad Feelings, Best Explanations: In Defence of the Propitiousness Theory of the Low Mood System

This paper by James Turner has been published by Erkenntnis. The abstract says: “There are three main accounts of the proper function of the low mood system (LMS): the social risk theory, the disease theory, and the propitiousness theory. Adjudicating between…
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Shamans Among Us: Schizophrenia, Shamanism and the Evolutionary Origins of Religion

This book comes from Joseph Polimeni. The publishers say: “Schizophrenia is one of the most enigmatic human experiences. While it can cause terrible distress, it doesn’t fit the mold of a classic medical disease. In Shamans Among Us, Joseph Polimeni shows…
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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

This book has been written by Randolph Nesse. The publishers say: “With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Randolph Nesse established the field of evolutionary medicine. Now he returns with a book that transforms our understanding of mental disorders by exploring…
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