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Evolutionary psychology as maladapted psychology, Robert C. Richardson

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Evolutionary psychology as maladapted psychology
Title
Evolutionary psychology as maladapted psychology
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Robert C. Richardson
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
A philosopher subjects the claims of evolutionary psychology to the evidential and methodological requirements of evolutionary biology, concluding that evolutionary psychology's explanations amount to speculation disguised as results. 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 evaluated, using examples from the biological literature to illustrate what sorts of evidence and methodology would be necessary to establish specific evolutionary and adaptive explanations of human psychological traits. He shows that existing explanations within evolutionary psychology fall woefully short of accepted biological standards. The theories offered by evolutionary psychologists may identify traits that are, or were, beneficial to humans. But gauged by biological standards, there is inadequate evidence: evolutionary psychologists are largely silent on the evolutionary evidence relevant to assessing their claims, including such matters as variation in ancestral populations, heritability, and the advantage offered to our ancestors. As evolutionary claims they are unsubstantiated. Evolutionary psychology, Richardson concludes, may offer a program of research, but it lacks the kind of evidence that is generally expected within evolutionary biology. It is speculation rather than sound science--and we should treat its claims with skepticism
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OCoLC-P
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1949-
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Richardson, Robert C.
Dewey number
155.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
BF698.95
LC item number
.R44 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Life and mind
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Evolutionary psychology
Label
Evolutionary psychology as maladapted psychology, Robert C. Richardson
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Copyright
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"A Bradford book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-208) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Introduction : Man's place in nature -- The ambitions of evolutionary pscyhology -- Reverse engineering and adaptation -- The dynamics of adaptation -- Recovering evolutionary history -- Idle Darwinizing
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (227 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435611146
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (CKB)1000000000480579
  • (EBL)3338753
  • (SSID)ssj0000151577
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11161093
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000151577
  • (PQKBWorkID)10319747
  • (PQKB)10112109
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC3338753
  • (OCoLC)182722906
  • (OCoLC-P)182722906
  • (MaCbMITP)7464
  • (EXLCZ)991000000000480579
Label
Evolutionary psychology as maladapted psychology, Robert C. Richardson
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Bradford book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-208) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Introduction : Man's place in nature -- The ambitions of evolutionary pscyhology -- Reverse engineering and adaptation -- The dynamics of adaptation -- Recovering evolutionary history -- Idle Darwinizing
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (227 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435611146
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)1000000000480579
  • (EBL)3338753
  • (SSID)ssj0000151577
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11161093
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000151577
  • (PQKBWorkID)10319747
  • (PQKB)10112109
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC3338753
  • (OCoLC)182722906
  • (OCoLC-P)182722906
  • (MaCbMITP)7464
  • (EXLCZ)991000000000480579

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