Biological Theory

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 15–19 | Cite as

No Magic Bullet Explains the Evolution of Unique Human Traits

  • Stephen M. DownesEmail author
Short Article


Here I outline the argument in Kim Sterelny’s book The Evolved Apprentice. I present some worries for Sterelny from the perspective of modelers in behavioral ecology. I go on to discuss Sterelny’s approach to moral psychology and finally introduce some potential new applications for his evolved apprentice view.


Behavioral ecology Evolutionary anthropology Niche construction Kim Sterelny 


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© Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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