Preparedness, phobias, and the Panglossian paradigm

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (2):303-304 (1995)
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In his critique of preparedness theory, Davey does not address the limitations of adaptationism. The purpose of this commentary is to outline problems that arise when one assumes that mental illness (e.g., phobic disorder)musthave had adaptive significance for it to have survived the vicissitudes of natural selection.



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