We do a lot of arguing about evolutionary psychology in the comments here on DDP.
To get straight to the point: the really big problem with most evolutionary psychology is that to be ‘science,’ you have to be able to falsify it. You have to be able to test your hypotheses in way that will reveal if it isn’t true. And you have to actually ask that question. Without that, you’re just telling stories. You can tell your stories and I will tell my stories and we won’t agree because if you’re an “evolutionary psychologist,” you probably think sexism is “genetic,” and I’m a geneticist, and I don’t.
So I’m going to list a bunch of assumptions frequently made by “evolutionary psychology,” when it purports to explain the evolutionary basis of behaviors. Then I’m going to cite a specific example, and eviscerate it. Then, I’ll tell you what you’d have to change to make conclusions based in actual science.
[“our culture” means modern industrialized, Western culture throughout this article. the hyperlinked science terms have definitions if you mouse over them.]
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