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  1. Eric Alden Smith (forthcoming). Inuit Foraging Groups: Some Simple Models Incorporating Conflicts of Interest, Relatedness, and Central Place Sharing. Human Nature: A Critical Reader. Oxford University Press, New York.
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  2. Eric Alden Smith (2007). More Obstacles on the Road to Unification. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (1):41-41.
    The synthesis proposed by Gintis is valuable but insufficient. Greater consideration must be given to epistemological diversity within the behavioral sciences, to incorporating historical contingency and institutional constraints on decision-making, and to vigorously testing deductive models of human behavior in real-world contexts. (Published Online April 27 2007).
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  3. Eric Alden Smith (2005). Making It Real: Interpreting Economic Experiments. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (6):832-833.
    The relationship between game play and naturalistic cooperation, generosity, or market involvement is ambiguous at best, making it difficult to link game results to preferences and beliefs guiding decision-making in daily life. Discounting reputation-based explanations because the games are anonymous, while arguing that game play is guided by motivational structures or framing effects reflecting daily life, is inconsistent.
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  4. Eric Alden Smith (2004). The Complexity of Human Sharing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):567-568.
    Although an excellent review, the target article displays a bias in favor of reciprocity-based explanations and against alternatives. Tolerated scrounging is more subtle and pervasive than portrayed here. Costly signaling need not be limited to public displays and generalized sharing. The theoretical basis for extensive sharing and other forms of collective action remains unresolved, and standard reciprocity-based explanations are insufficient.
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  5. Eric Alden Smith (2004). Why Do Good Hunters Have Higher Reproductive Success? Human Nature 15 (4):343-364.
    Anecdotal evidence from many hunter-gatherer societies suggests that successful hunters experience higher prestige and greater reproductive success. Detailed quantitative data on these patterns are now available for five widely dispersed cases (Ache, Hadza, !Kung, Lamalera, and Meriam) and indicate that better hunters exhibit higher age-corrected reproductive success than other men in their social group. Leading explanations to account for this pattern are: (1) direct provisioning of hunters’ wives and offspring, (2) dyadic reciprocity, (3) indirect reciprocity, (4) costly signaling, and (5) (...)
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  6. Eric Alden Smith (2002). The Fuzzy Zone Between Exaptation and Phenotypic Adaptation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):529-530.
    The target article adopts an adaptationist research strategy that, while logically coherent, suffers from various limitations, including problems in reconstructing past selective environments, ambiguity in how narrowly to define adaptive problems or selection pressures, and an overemphasis on specialization in evolved psychological mechanisms. To remedy these problems, I support a more flexible approach involving phenotypic adaptation and cultural evolution.
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  7. Eric Alden Smith (1998). Is Tibetan Polyandry Adaptive? Human Nature 9 (3):225-261.
    This paper addresses methodological and metatheoretical aspects of the ongoing debate over the adaptive significance of Tibetan polyandry. Methodological contributions include a means of estimating relatedness of fraternal co-husbands given multigenerational polyandry, and use of Hamilton’s rule and a member-joiner model to specify how inclusive fitness gains of co-husbands may vary according to seniority, opportunity costs, and group size. These methods are applied to various data sets, particularly that of Crook and Crook (1988). The metatheoretical discussion pivots on the critique (...)
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  8. Eric Alden Smith (1994). Semantics, Theory, and Methodological Individualism in the Group-Selection Controversy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):636.
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  9. Eric Alden Smith (1993). Cultural Versus Reproductive Success: Resolving the Conundrum. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (2):307.
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  10. Eric Alden Smith (1988). Realism, Generality, or Testability: The Ecological Modeler's Dilemma. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (1):149.
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  11. Eric Alden Smith (1987). Folk Psychology Versus Pop Sociobiology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (1):85.
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