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June 19, 2005

Evolutionary Psychology™ - a primer

Of late I have expressed some reservations about what I term Evolutionary Psychology™, the model proposed by John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, which implies certain theoretical commitments that many sympathetic to a synthetic treatment of human nature that includes biological parameters dissent from. Nevertheless, it is important to understand Tooby and Cosmides' model because it is to some extent the reference point for good faith rebuttals. So with that in mind, I link to Evolutionary Psychology: Conceptual foundations (a lengthy PDF). Also, if you have some time to kill I highly recommend Steven Pinker's So How Does The Mind Work, a rejoinder to Jerry Fodor's harsh critique (later expanded into a book) of Pinker's weighty How The Mind Works.

Posted by razib at 10:04 PM