Researcher: The results were not conclusive, but they do add to a growing body of research supporting the possibility that psychopathy is not a mental disorder.
Did virtue signalling evolve via Darwinian evolution?
Quillien got Woke virtue signalling right but most of the rest of the essay is Darwinian nonsense about peacocks. However, he should be given credit for daring to raise this point.
At Mind Matters News: Evolutionary psychology: When we looked in, no one was there…
Evo psych likely got started when psychologists wanted to get in on illuminating findings in evolution, like the Cambrian Explosion. Trouble is, there aren’t any prehumans around. And we don’t have a good reason to believe that early humans differed much from us in psychology.
At Mind Matters News: Compassion and religion: Darwin’s unscratchable itches
If one’s research is in a hole as deep as evolutionary psychology is when accounting for compassion, why not stop digging? Stop digging? The hole evolutionary psychologists are digging IS the enterprise. Any motive that didn’t merely spread selfish genes would be invisible to them.
At Mind Matters News: There is no such thing as a fossil mind
If our behavior is said to stem from our prehuman past, not from our present circumstances, evolutionary psychology is a discipline without a subject.
At Inverse: Why “Darwinian Gastronomy” can’t explain the popularity of spice
It’s apparently not an adaption to reducing infection risk.
What happens when a pair of evolutionary anthropologists try their hand at dealing with existential grief, anxiety, and depression?
Probably, any perspective that sees humans as merely evolved animals will offer platitudes and prescriptions for suffering, rather than insight or inspiration.
Creationism is EVERYWHERE you look now…
Most likely, “emotions research” is nonsense. But tying it to Darwinism means that its practitioners can hammer down hard on that lectern even if they are not making sense to the people whose emotions they are supposed to be describing. It’s all those people’s fault for being “creationists.”
Latest fun from evo psych: Does COVID-19 lead women to cheat?
As noted at the article, it’s an open question whether the mind evolved at all and therefore whether evolutionary psychology is any help in understanding it.
Why guys are fathers and gorillas aren’t: The real story
If one is not an evolutionary psychologist, the answer is obvious.
Finally someone takes evolutionary psychology seriously…
Seriously enough to realize that it is not really a discipline in science.
Rob Sheldon on the prof who challenges evo psych: Covering her tracks carefully…
Sheldon: Did you notice how Smith trashes Evolutionary Psychology because it uses “circular” reasoning? Then she realizes it sounds like an ID criticism, so she rushes to defend the remaining Evolutionary sciences with this paragraph…
Philosopher challenges evolutionary psychology
But that’s not the amazing part. The amazing part is the admission of skepticism at a popular scitech mag. Hey, we can provide lots of examples of flapdoodle. But we took for granted that all these science writers actually believed in it. And not wanting to just pick a stupid useless fight with true believers, we mostly talked (well, okay, hooted, really) among ourselves…
At Evolution Institute, of all places, evolutionary psychology is savaged
Philosopher of biology Subrena E. Smith: Furthermore, evolutionary psychological hypotheses turn on inferences about hypothetical structures for which there is a dearth of empirical support, and there is no evidence that the minds of our prehistoric ancestors possessed this sort of architecture.
Yes! Now there is a Darwinian explanation of suicide
It’s amazing what passes for insight among evolutionary psychologists. How would it help anyone decide how to help a depressed person? Read the whole thing for sure. It gets into beehives and such.