The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality

Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide

  • Randy Thornhill
  • Corey L. Fincher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 1-19
  3. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 21-58
  4. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 59-82
  5. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 83-111
  6. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 113-170
  7. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 171-194
  8. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 195-206
  9. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 207-235
  10. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 237-264
  11. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 265-302
  12. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 303-331
  13. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 333-352
  14. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 353-393
  15. Randy Thornhill, Corey L. Fincher
    Pages 395-440
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 441-449

About this book

Introduction

Why do some people pray more than others? Why do some people prefer to be with healthier-looking people? Why are some people more conservative than others? Why does the prevalence of violence vary across the world? Why are some countries poor while others are increasingly wealthy? Why are some countries mired in corruption? Randy Thornhill and Corey L. Fincher argue that the answers to these questions, and many more about the human condition, come down to understanding how infectious diseases have shaped human behavior and psychology. Paramount to this view is that other human beings are often the harbinger of infectious diseases, which has profound implications for the evolution of human sociality. In The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality: Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide, the authors bring a wealth of evidence from across many scholarly fields, much of which has been produced in the last decade, to support this claim. Read this book to learn how infectious diseases have shaped human emotions, morality, political and cultural values, personality, family ties, mate preferences and sexuality, religiosity, intergroup psychology, governmental systems, trade, war, economic development, intelligence and innovation, and biodiversity, and more.

Randy Thornhill serves as Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Corey L. Fincher is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Warwick.

Keywords

Biodiversity Collectivism Human Values Religiosity Social Psychology disease ecology

Authors and affiliations

  • Randy Thornhill
    • 1
  • Corey L. Fincher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08040-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08039-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08040-6
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