"Evolutionary psychology is like trying to understand a village, through a keyhole that looks into the bedroom of one house and focuses on ...
The attractive partner - the trophy wife / husband - and the other partner has to have some power or beauty or intelligence to maintain such a relationship - confers social status, resulting in group support for one's kin and offspring. "
"Overheard: "Evolutionary psychology is like half porn and half fake science."
"Evolutionary psychology is like jumbo shrimp or military intelligence... "
"evolutionary psychology is like its cousin psychology - not really a science yet, as it has no real predictive power that defines a good theory.
(That is, there is no psychological theory of behavior I am aware of that predicts anything about people in the same general way that physics predicts a ball will make a sort-of-parabola when you toss it. Evolutionary psychology has the problem that too often the people doing it base their premise on a very narrow range of societal possibilities). "
" Evolutionary biology is like candy to me – irresistible, but full of empty epistimological calories, because we have so much trouble seeing outside our projections of the past. However, it seems safe to say that psychological, cultural, and biological phenomenon that do not help in some way don't stick around very long."
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