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THE INFLUENCE OF ROBERT TRIVERS
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Trivers is among the most influential evolutionary theorists alive today. Steven Pinker considers Trivers to be “one of the great thinkers in the history of Western thought”, who has:
—…inspired an astonishing amount of research and commentary in psychology and biologyâthe fields of sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, Darwinian social science, and behavioral ecology are in large part attempt to test and flesh out Trivers’ ideas.
It is no coincidence that E. O. Wilson’s Sociobiology and Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene were published in 1975 and 1976 respectively, just a few years after Trivers’ seminal papers.
Both bestselling authors openly acknowledged that they were popularizing Trivers’ ideas and the research they spawned.
Likewise for the much-talked-about books on evolutionary psychology in the 1990sâThe Adapted Mind, The Red Queen, Born to Rebel, The Origins of Virtue, The Moral Animal, and my own How the Mind Works.
Each of these books is based in large part on Trivers’ ideas and the explosion of research they inspired (involving dozens of animal species, mathematical and computer modeling, and human social and cognitive psychology.—
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