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After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Year. This will rearrange the results of your search chronologically, displaying the earliest published articles first. This feature is useful to trace the development of a specific psychoanalytic concept through time.

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Quinn, N. (2015). Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society. By Robert A. Paul. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, x + 353 pp., $90.00 hardcover, $30.00 paperback.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(6):1296-1301.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(6):1296-1301

Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society. By Robert A. Paul. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, x + 353 pp., $90.00 hardcover, $30.00 paperback.

Review by:
Naomi Quinn

Mixed Messages is an extraordinary book, in my eyes perhaps the most important anthropological publication of its generation. It seeks to explain a wide variety of features of human societies in terms of a theory advanced by the evolutionary anthropologists Peter Richerson and Robert Boyd (2006), called dual inheritance theory. Dual inheritance theory posits that, with respect to humans, there are two parallel and independent evolutionary tracks, genetic and cultural. Not being cultural anthropologists, however, Richerson and Boyd offer a somewhat anemic account of the cultural side of this equation. Paul's book develops the cultural argument and in the process expands upon dual inheritance theory and adapts it to his task.

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