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Sex, aggression, and life history strategy

  • Aurelio José Figueredo (a1), Paul Robert Gladden (a1) and Barbara Hagenah Brumbach (a2)


We agree that sexual selection is a more comprehensive explanation for sex differences in direct aggression than social role theory, which is an unparsimonious and vestigial remnant of human exceptionalism. Nevertheless, Archer misses several opportunities to put the theoretical predictions made by himself and by others into direct competition in a way that would further the interests of strong inference.



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Figueredo, A. J., Gladden, P. R., Andrzejczak, D. J., Jones, D. N. & Smith-Castro, V.(in preparation) Life history strategy, executive functioning, and negative androcenrism.
Gladden, P. R., Sisco, M. & Figueredo, A. J. (2008) Sexual coercion and life history strategy. Evolution and Human Behavior 29:319–26.
Platt, J. R. (1964) Strong inference. Science 146:347–53.


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