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Love, war and cultures: a reply to my commentators


  • Ugo Pagano



The purpose of this short reply is to consider the issue of the evolution of the exceptional human intellectual capabilities which has been the focus of the majority of the comments to my article “love, war and culture: an institutional approach to human evolution” all published in the April 2013 of the Journal of Bioeconomics. All the contributions are submitted to the test of two plausibility conditions. The first requires that the explanation of the emergence of human capabilities should rely on circumstances peculiar, or better unique, to human evolution. The second states that the explanation should not rely on factors that require the pre-existence of these capabilities. The claim, advanced in this short article, is that only the “sexual subsidy hypothesis” satisfies these conditions. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Ugo Pagano, 2014. "Love, war and cultures: a reply to my commentators," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 203-211, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbioec:v:16:y:2014:i:2:p:203-211
    DOI: 10.1007/s10818-013-9171-7

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    1. Alberto Battistini, 2013. "A note on the difference between human and non-human productive factors: Comments on ‘Love, war, and culture: An institutional approach to human evolution’," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 67-70, April.
    2. Ugo Pagano, 2013. "Love, war and cultures: an institutional approach to human evolution," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 41-66, April.
    3. Herbert Gintis, 2013. "The evolutionary roots of human hyper-cognition," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 83-89, April.
    4. Samuel Bowles, 2013. "Darwin, Marx and Pagano: a comment on “Love, War, and Cultures”," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 71-81, April.
    5. Riccardo Pansini, 2013. "Hierarchical societies of primates: Comments on love, war and cultures," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 97-101, April.
    6. Geoffrey Hodgson, 2013. "Sex on the brain: some comments on ‘love, war and cultures: An institutional approach to human evolution’," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 91-95, April.
    7. Alberto Battistini & Ugo Pagano, 2008. "Primates’ fertilization systems and the evolution of the human brain," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 1-21, April.
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    1. Ugo Pagano, 2016. "Property, Possession and Knowledge," Department of Economics University of Siena 744, Department of Economics, University of Siena.


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