Abel Alves

Published Articles

Accepting our status as a highly reflective species of animal may be an entry point to understanding the ripples of natural patterns that define our cultures’ proclivities to compete and cooperate.
Colonial Latin America’s great feminist poet, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, combined images of transcendence with the immanence of nature in her eloquent writing.
We are complex animals with complex, multifaceted thought processes. The Darwinian approach to religion is only beginning to scratch the surface here, and adaptive religions like adaptive individuals are complex.
The alpha factor is a symbolic principle of organization often attached to religious mapping, but it is one with a firm foundation in evolutionary reality and the biological continuity found among related species.

Abel Alves is an associate professor of history at Ball State University. He is the author of The Animals of Spain: An Introduction to Imperial Perceptions and Human Interaction with Other Animals, 1492-1826 (Brill, 2011) and Brutality and Benevolence: Human Ethology, Culture, and the Birth of Mexico (Greenwood, 1996). His articles have appeared in The Sixteenth Century Journal, the International Journal of Anthropology, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Theology and Science, and other publications. The biological underpinnings of history are the focus of his research, from ethologically explained human behaviors to the roles played by other animals in our historical development.

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