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Morren, G.E.B., 1986, The Miyanmin: Human Ecology of a New GuineaSociety, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, pp. 13-14.

Postman, N. (1985). Amusing ourselves to death: Public discourse in the age of show business. New York: Penguin.

Smith, E.A., 1983, "Evolutionary Ecology and the Analysis of Human Social Behavior," in R. Dyson-Hudson and M.A. Little, eds., Rethinking Human Adaptation: Biological and Cultural Models, Boulder: Westview,pp. 23-40.

Vayda, A.P., 1995b, "Failures of Explanation in Darwinian Ecological Anthropology..." Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25: 219-249, 360-375.

Jorgensen, S.E., 1997, Integration of Ecosystem Theories: A Pattern, 2nded., Dordrecht; Kluwer, pp. 343-363.

Sagoff, M., 1997, "Muddle or Muddle Through? Takings Jurisprudence Meets the Endangered Species Act," William and Mary Law Review 38:825-993 (pp. 948-951).

Rappaport, R., 1969, "Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea People," in A.P. Vayda, ed., Environment and Cultural Behavior, Garden City, NY: Natural History Press, pp. 181-201.

Rappaport, R., 1990, "Ecosystems, Populations and People," in E.F.Moran, ed., The Ecosystem Approach in Anthropology, Ann Arbor:University of Michigan Press, pp. 41-71

Kemp, J., 1988, Seductive Mirage: The Search for the Village Community in Southeast Asia, Dordrecht: Foris Publications, pp. 7-19, 38-39.

Vayda, A.P., 1996, Methods and Explanations in the Study of Human Actions and Their Environmental Effects, Jakarta: Center for International Forestry Research, pp. 9-16 only (section on "Problems with Studying Humans as Components of Predefined Systems").

Smith, C.A., 1984, "Local History in Global Context: Social and Economic Transitions in Western Guatemala," Comparative Studies in Society and History 26: 193-228

Vayda, A.P., 1994, "Actions, Variations, and Change: The Emerging Anti-Essentialist View in Anthropology," in R. Borofsky, ed., Assessing Cultural Anthropology, New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 320-330.

Pelto, P.J., and G.H. Pelto, 1975, "Intra-Cultural Diversity: Some Theoretical Issues," American Ethnologist 2: 1-18.

Wilson, P., 1977, "The Problem with Simple Folk," Natural History, December, pp. 26-32.

Harris, M., 1979, Cultural Materialism, New York: Random House, pp.165-221 (on structuralism).

Gailey, C.W., 1983, "Categories without Culture: Structuralism, Ethnohistory and Ethnocide," Dialectical Anthropology 8: 241-250.

Obeyesekere, G., 1992, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 8-9,19-22, 205.

Sahlins, M., 1995, "How 'Natives' Think," Times Literary Supplement, June 2, pp. 12-13.

Thomas, N., 1991, "Against Ethnography," Cultural Anthropology 6: 306-322.

Colson, E., 1984, "The Reordering of Experience: Anthropological Involvement with Time," Journal of Anthropological Research 40: 1-13.

Shaffer, J., 1968, Philosophy of Mind, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, pp. 77-110 (chap. 5 on "Actions").

Polkinghorne, D., 1983, Methodology for the Human Sciences, Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 169-199, 310-313.

Stoutland, F., 1986, "Reasons, Causes, and Intentional Explanation,"Analyse & Kritik 1: 28-55.

Keesing, R.M., 1987, "Models, 'Folk' and 'Cultural': Paradigms Regained?" in D. Holland and N. Quinn, eds.

Wassman, P., 1995, "The Final Requiem for the Omniscient Informant? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Everyday Cognition," Culture and Psychology 1: 167-201.

Gatewood, J., 1985, "Actions Speak Louder than Words," in J.W.D. Dougherty, ed., Directions in Cognitive Anthropology, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, pp. 199-219.

Vayda, A.P., B.B. Walters, and I. Setyawati, n.d., "Doing and Knowing: Questions About Studies of Local Knowledge," in A. Bicker, P. Sillitoe, and J. Pottier, eds., Investigating Local Knowledge: New Directions, New Approaches, London: Ashgate Publishing.

Elster, J., 1979, Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 153-156.

Richardson, R.C., 1998, "Heuristics and Satisficing," in W. Bechtel and G.Graham, eds., A Companion to Cognitive Science, Oxford: Blackwell, pp.566-575.

Slovic, P., et al., 2002, "Rational Actors or Rational Fools: Implications ofthe Affect Heuristic for Behavioral Economics," Journal of Socio-Economics 31: 329-342.

Boyer, P., 1987, "The Stuff 'Traditions' Are Made Of: On the Implicit Ontology of an Ethnographic Category," Philosophy of the Social Sciences17: 49-65.

Elster, J., 1989, "Social Norms and Economic Theory," Journal of Economic Perspectives 3 (4): 99-117.

Elster, J., 1999, Strong Feelings: Emotion, Addiction, and Human Behavior, Cambridge: MIT Press, chap. 4 (only pp. 85-125, on interrelations of norms, emotions, cognition, and action, are required).

Vayda, A.P., 1996 (Reference 30, above), pp. 1-9, 16-44 (the two introductory paragraphs and the sections on "Problems with Emphasizing Concepts and Values about the Environment" and "Actions and Consequences as Objects of Study").

Schelling, T., 1978, Micromotives and Macrobehavior, New York:Norton, pp. 140-147 (on unintended aggregate consequences of varied individual behavior).

Vayda, A.P., 1987a, "Explaining What People Eat: A Review Article, "Human Ecology 15: 493-510; M. Harris, 1987, "Comment on Vayda's Review of Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture," Human Ecology15: 511-517; and A.P. Vayda, 1987b, "Reply to Harris," Human Ecology15: 519-521.

Elster, J., 1983, Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 101-108 (on distinguishing well-founded and ill-founded "consequence-explanations").

Vayda, A.P., 1995b (Reference 12, above), pp. 225-236 (on "consequence-explanations" and "naive functionalism ") .

Hawkes, K., J.F. O'Connell, and N.G. Blurton Jones, 1989, "Hardworking Hadza Grandmothers," in V. Standen and R.A. Foley, eds., Comparative Socioecology: The Behavioural Ecology of Humans and Other Mammals. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 341-366.

Davies, P.S., 2001, Norms of Nature: Naturalism and the Nature of Functions, Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. xi-xiv ("Preface") (all-out critiqueof appeals to natural selection and to "design" arguments to explainallegedly functional biological traits).

Vayda, A.P., B.J. McCay, and C. Eghenter, 1991, "Concepts of Process in Social Science Explanations," Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21: 317-331.

Ben-Menahem, Y., 1997, "Historical Contingency," Ratio (n.s.) 10: 99-107.

Fischer, D.H., 1996, The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 235-258, 360-361.

Mink, L., 1987, Historical Understanding, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 198-201.

Griffin, L.J., 1993, "Narrative, Event-Structure Analysis, and Causal Interpretation in Historical Sociology," American Journal of Sociology 98:1094-1133 (only pp. 1094-1104 and 1130-1133.

Vayda, A.P., and B.B. Walters, 1999, "Against Political Ecology," Human Ecology 27: 167-179.

Vayda, A.P., 1989, "Explaining Why Marings Fought," Journal of Anthropological Research 45: 159-177.

Vayda, A.P., 1992, Review of J. Haas, ed., The Anthropology of War, in Anthropos 87: 268-271.

Hesslow, G., 1988, "The Problem of Causal Selection," in D.J. Hilton, ed.,Contemporary Science and Natural Explanation: Commonsense Conceptions of Causality, New York: New York University Press, pp. 11-32.

Hilton, D.J., 1995, "Logic and Language in Causal Explanation," in D.Sperber et al., eds., Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate, Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 495-529.

Vayda, A.P., 1966, "Diversity and Uniformity in New Guinea," Acta Ethnographica (Hungary) 15: 293-300.

O'Hara, R.J., 1988, "Homage to Clio, or, Toward an Historical Philosophy for Evolutionary Biology," Systematic Zoology 37: 142-155.

Richardson, R.C., 2001, "Evolution Without History: Critical Reflectionson Evolutionary Psychology," in H.R. Holcomb III, ed., Conceptual Challenges in Evolutionary Psychology, Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 327-373.

Report on New Scientist's "Feedback Christmas Competition," asking readers to submit evolutionary explanations of a human trait or behavior, New Scientist.com newsletter, Dec. 18, 2002.

Falvo, D., 2000, "On Modeling Balinese Water Temple Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems," Human Ecology 28: 641-649.

D'Andrade, R., 1995, The Development of Cognitive Anthropology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 193-199 (the section on "Reasoning," dealing with reasoning as a human universal and its relation to cultural models).

Berry, J.W., et al., eds., 1988, Indigenous Cognition: Functioning in Cultural Context, Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 21-84.

Nisbett, R.E., et al., 2001, "Culture and Systems of Thought: HolisticVersus Analytic Cognition," Psychological Review 108: 291-310.

Walter, A., 1987, "Reason Explanation and Causal Explanation in Anthropology," Cross currents 1: 65-72.

Hamill, J., 1990, Ethno-Logic: The Anthropology of Human Reasoning, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, pp. 22-43 (chap. 2 on the comparative ethnography of reasoning).

Merchant, C. (1980). The death of nature: Women, ecology, and the scientific revolution. New York: Harper and Row.

Milbrath, L.W. (1989). Envisioning a sustainable society: Learning our way out. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Neihardt, J.G. (1961). Black Elk speaks: Being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska.

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