Darwin on Man, Mind, and Behavior

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 713–714. Reviews the book, Darwin on Man: A Psychological Study of Scientific Creativity by Howard E. Gruber (1974). The book will appeal directly to three very different groups of psychologists: those interested in creativity, those interested in evolutionary ideas in psychology, and those who would understand the place of Darwin and evolution in the history of psychology (i.e., those who would gain some realistic sense of how much we owe to the intellects of the last century). The book will appeal indirectly to a much wider audience because the book is studded with gems arresting and provocative statements by the young Darwin of ideas that were omitted from or softened prior to inclusion in Darwin's later books, but which express, sometimes succinctly and sometimes awkwardly, ideas now considered modern. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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