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Introduction: The Evolution of Evolutionary Psychology

T he publication of The Adopted Mind saw the canonical formulation of an important version of evolutionary psychology (Barkow, Cosmides, & Tooby, 1992). This collection both articulated and instantiated a very bold program for integrating evolutionary theory with cognitive psychology; an integration free of the defects of previous attempts to create an evolutionary theory of human nature. In comparison with its predecessors-especially Wilsonian sociobiology and its relatives-the Adapted Mind program had many attractions. In particular, see the following points.