Seeing the elephant: Parsimony, functionalism, and the emergent design of contempt and other sentiments

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40 (2017)
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The target article argues that contempt is a sentiment, and that sentiments are the deep structure of social affect. The 26 commentaries meet these claims with a range of exciting extensions and applications, as well as critiques. Most significantly, we reply that construction and emergence are necessary for, not incompatible with, evolved design, while parsimony requires explanatory adequacy and predictive accuracy, not mere simplicity.

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