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Darwin et al. on Developmental Optimization

David Loye

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755059.003.0019
Darwin et al. on Developmental Optimization

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There exists a disastrous discrepancy between the prevailing Darwinism of survival of the fittest and selfishness above all and implications for science, and education about the fact that Darwin actually wrote only twice of survival of the fittest but 95 times about love, and only 12 times about selfishness but 92 times about moral development, in The Descent of Man. It shows how reclamation of Darwin's “lost theory” reveals new relevance to the works of Bowlby, Erickson, Damon, de Waal, Harlow, Hoffman, Lewontin, Narvaez, Oliner, Rest, Schore, Yarrow, Montessori, Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan, and Seldin and Epstein, in moral development and education; to Maslow's classic study of self-actualizers as moral exemplars; to the global ethic “movement” of theologian Hans Kung; to the development of the Global Sounding measure and companion moral code by Loye; and to the work of cultural transformation theorist Eisler identifying the child developmental impact of partnership versus domination systems.

Keywords: darwin; love; moral development; evolution

Chapter.  1513 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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