PSYB30H3 Chapter 2: Chapter 2.docx

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The study of persons must begin w/ human nature. Contemporary scientific understandings of human nature focus on human evolution human beings have evolved to survive and reproduce, these features of human adaptation that have promoted survival and reproduction are when human nature is fundamentally human individuality. Fundamental property of living things is that they propagate all animals and plants produce similar version of themselves making for continuity of life from one generation to the next. Charles darwin: all existing living forms have evolved over time in response to interactions w/ environments. Resources for survival and replication, organisms compete with one another, and the. Natural selection: process where nature gradually selects those characteristics of organisms tat promote survival and reproductive success certain characteristics promote survival & reproductive success. Genes are responsible for inheritance of characteristics composed of dna. Sexual reproduction requires mix of parents" genes from father and mother for adaptations (genes for processing lactose)