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Making Hay Out of Straw? Real and Imagined Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology

Robert Kurzban and Martie G. Haselton

in Missing the Revolution

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130027
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130027.003.0005
Making Hay Out of Straw? Real and Imagined Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology

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Debates should move past mischaracterizations and toward a discussion of genuine issues of contention. In order for fruitful debates to occur, all parties will need to agree that evolutionary psychologists already argue the following: (i) the environment is extremely important to any organism's development; (ii) organisms have parts that are not adaptations, but by-products or noise; (iii) hypotheses that do not yield new insights are not useful; (iv) there are multiple levels of explanation for any given phenomenon; and that (v) claims for adaptation require support, usually in the form of evidence of special design.

Keywords: evolutionary psychology; adaptation; genetic determinism; multilevel explanation; false dichotomies; contingent strategies; hyperadaptationism; spandrels; Stephen J. Gould; evolutionary adaptativeness

Chapter.  5104 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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