Intelligence and Evolutionary Biology

  • Harry J. Jerison
  • Irene Jerison

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Michael Ruse
    Pages 13-33
  3. Paul H. Harvey
    Pages 199-210
  4. M. E. Bitterman
    Pages 251-276
  5. Marco D. Poli
    Pages 277-297
  6. Ronald J. Schusterman, Robert Gisiner
    Pages 319-350
  7. Ian J. Deary
    Pages 351-362
  8. J. M. H. Vossen
    Pages 417-427
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 467-483

About these proceedings


In evolutionary biology, "intelligence" must be defined in terms of traits that are subject to the major forces of organic evolution. Accordingly, this volume is concerned with the substantive questions that are relevant to the evolutionary problem. Comparisons of learning abilities are highlighted by a detailed report on similarities between honeybees and higher vertebrates. Several chapters are concerned with the evolution of cerebral lateralization and the control of language, and recent analyses of the evolution of encephalization and neocorticalization, including a review of effects of domestication on brain size are presented. The relationship between brain size and intelligence is debated vigorously. Most unusual, however, is the persistent concern with analytic and philosophical issues that arise in the study of this topic, from the applications of new developments on artificial intelligence as a source of cognitive theory, to the recognition of the evolutionary process itself as a theory of knowledge in "evolutionary epistemology".


Mammalia anatomy artificial intelligence behavior cognition control epistemology evolution evolutionary biology information processing intelligence knowledge learning memory theory of knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Harry J. Jerison
    • 1
  • Irene Jerison
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUCLA School of Medicine University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70879-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70877-0
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