Год издания: 2007
Издатель: The MIT Press
Количество страниц: 248
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Human beings, like other organisms, are the products of evolution. Like other organisms, we exhibit traits that are the product of natural selection. Our psychological capacities are evolved traits as much as are our gait and posture. This much few would dispute. Evolutionary psychology goes further than this, claiming that our psychological traits-including a wide variety of traits, from mate preference and jealousy to language and reason-can be understood as specific adaptations to ancestral Pleistocene conditions. In "Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology", Robert Richardson takes a critical look at evolutionary psychology by subjecting its ambitious and controversial claims to the same sorts of methodological and evidential constraints that are broadly accepted within evolutionary biology. The claims of evolutionary psychology may pass muster as psychology; but what are their evolutionary credentials? Richardson considers three ways adaptive hypotheses can be...