Modernity and Cultural Decline: A Biobehavioral Perspective (Paperback)

Modernity and Cultural Decline: A Biobehavioral Perspective By Matthew Alexandar Sarraf, Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Colin Feltham Cover Image

Modernity and Cultural Decline: A Biobehavioral Perspective (Paperback)

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This book argues that despite the many real advantages that industrial modernity has yielded--including large gains in wealth, longevity, and (possibly) happiness--it has occurred together with the appearance of a variety of serious problems. Chief among these are probable losses in subjective existential purpose and increases in psychopathology. A highly original theory of the ultimate basis of these trends is advanced, which unites prior work in psychometrics and evolutionary science. This theory builds on the social epistasis amplification model to argue that genetic and epigenetic changes in modernizing and modernized populations, stemming from shifts in selective pressures related to industrialization, have lowered human fitness and wellness.


Matthew Alexandar Sarraf is a researcher in the areas of psychometrics, evolutionary psychology, and behavior genetics. Michael Anthony Woodley of Menie, Yr., is a geneticist and ecologist. He is a Lifetime Fellow at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Colin Feltham is Emeritus Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9783030329860
ISBN-10: 3030329860
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: December 17th, 2020
Pages: 307
Language: English