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Modernity and Cultural Decline

A Biobehavioral Perspective

  • Matthew Alexandar Sarraf
  • Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie
  • Colin Feltham
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 1-22
  3. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 23-74
  4. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 75-100
  5. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 101-128
  6. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 129-196
  7. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 197-228
  8. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 229-271
  9. Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham
    Pages 273-297
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 299-307

About this book

Introduction

 “Modernity and Cultural Decline is a breathtaking scientific analysis of the rise—and now the decline—of Western civilization. We should be interested—and forewarned.” —Seymour Itzkoff, Professor Emeritus of Education, Smith College, USA

“The book puts human nature, genes and evolution back into historiography and sociology. This is the real thing, sharp minds . . . offering testable hypotheses based on quantitative models.”

 —Frank Salter, former researcher of the Max Planck Society, Germany

“A profoundly important book. One can only hope that society finds the will to engage with these vital and consequential ideas.”

 —David Skrbina, Senior Lecturer, University of Michigan, Dearborn, USA

Modernity and Cultural Decline is a supremely bold, thoroughgoing biological account of often unacknowledged . . . negative impacts of modernity. This is the sort of science book of which we need more.”

—Steve Moxon, independent researcher, author of Sex Difference Explained (2016)

This book argues that despite the many real advantages that industrial modernity has yielded—including large gains in wealth, longevity, and (possibly) happiness—it has occurred together with the appearance of a variety of serious problems. Chief among these are probable losses in subjective existential purpose and increases in psychopathology. A highly original theory of the ultimate basis of these trends is advanced, which unites prior work in psychometrics and evolutionary science. This theory builds on the social epistasis amplification model to argue that genetic and epigenetic changes in modernizing and modernized populations, stemming from shifts in selective pressures related to industrialization, have lowered human fitness and wellness. 

Keywords

Evolutionary Psychology Behaviorial Genetics Modernity Nihilism Social Epistasis Declinism

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Alexandar Sarraf
    • 1
  • Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie
    • 2
  • Colin Feltham
    • 3
  1. 1.AmherstUSA
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit BrusselIxellesBelgium
  3. 3.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32984-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32983-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32984-6
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