Apes and angels: Adaptationism versus panglossianism

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (3):334-335 (2004)
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Abstract

The “straw man” prior expectation of the dominant social psychology paradigm is that humans should behave with perfect rationality and high ethical standards. The more modest claim of evolutionary psychologists is that humans have evolved specific adaptations for adaptive problems that were reliably present in the ancestral environment. Outside that restricted range of problems, one should not expect optimal behavior.

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