A Brief Evaluation of the Theory of Evolutionary Psychology
Joshua Hehe
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An important premise underlying evolutionary psychology is that animal behavior, in general, is the result of evolutionary selection. To think human behavior is not subject to evolutionary pressures is a classic case of anthropocentrism, that humans are fundamentally different than other animals…kind of like the belief we’re made in the image of God. Even scientifically-oriented people succumb to this bias. People dismiss evolutionary psychology because its materialist-reductionist approach is too deterministic for their taste. It conflicts with how they want the world to be, particularly that humans are not constrained by their biology and can achieve whatever they set their minds to. Despite such wishful thinking, human behavior has been and continues to be remarkably consistent. As a number of people have said in various ways, we’re just cavemen with hi-tech toys.

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