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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]


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