Flip of a Coyne: Jerry now champions Evolutionary Psychology

Recently, this article by Ed Clint prompted me to ask whether or not Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is getting a fair shake. I ended up writing about it a few more times, and each time somebody would bring up Jerry Coyne's scathing indictments on the entire field. That's all moot now, with a recent flip of a Coyne. I don't blame them for quoting Jerry Coyne. It's not necessarily a logical fallacy to appeal to authority, and it's pretty much all a lay-person can do. In fact, that's what I was … [Read more...]

Evolutionary psychology explains why he’s a good boy

I'm not talking about the polarizing EvoPsych related to gender, sexism, shopping, or even humans. I'm talking about dogs! National Geographic filmed 'The Science of Dogs' a few years back. I found a particular segment to be relevant to recent blog posts regarding EvoPsych. The psychology of a dog's degree of 'human suggestibility' is tested against a similar group of wolves. www.youtube.com/embed/iDt0ZygNUNQ#t=2314 That's pretty cool. At the 41:00 mark, the dogs are tested and … [Read more...]

Four exciting papers on evolutionary psychology

I find the following evolutionary psychology papers fascinating. Listed in no particular order. I. Fears, Phobias, and Preparedness: Toward an Evolved Module of Fear and Fear Learning Arne Ohman - Karolinska Institute | Susan Mineka - Northwestern University Viewed from the evolutionary perspective, fear is central to mammalian evolution. As a product of natural selection, it is shaped and constrained by evolutionary contingencies. It is a central thesis of this article that this … [Read more...]

Is evolutionary psychology not getting a fair shake?

I am not a scientist, but I am a fan of calm, rational scientific debate. One of my favorite bloggers, Rebecca Watson, has been one of many voices critical of the field of 'evolutionary psychology'. Until recently, I simply accepted it as a failed science. Now I'm back on the fence, largely leaning the other direction. UCLA graduate student, Ed Clint also appears to be a fan of Rebecca Watson. However, he is much more of an expert in this particular topic, as he has experience in the field. … [Read more...]