Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature (2020)

Adapting Minds Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature Was human nature designed by natural selection in the Pleistocene epoch The dominant view in evolutionary psychology holds that it was that our psychological adaptations were designed tens of thousand
  • Title: Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature
  • Author: David J. Buller
  • ISBN: 9780262524605
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature
    Was human nature designed by natural selection in the Pleistocene epoch The dominant view in evolutionary psychology holds that it was that our psychological adaptations were designed tens of thousands of years ago to solve problems faced by our hunter gatherer ancestors In this provocative and lively book, David Buller examines in detail the major claims of evolutionaryWas human nature designed by natural selection in the Pleistocene epoch The dominant view in evolutionary psychology holds that it was that our psychological adaptations were designed tens of thousands of years ago to solve problems faced by our hunter gatherer ancestors In this provocative and lively book, David Buller examines in detail the major claims of evolutionary psychology the paradigm popularized by Steven Pinker in The Blank Slate and by David Buss in The Evolution of Desire and rejects them all This does not mean that we cannot apply evolutionary theory to human psychology, says Buller, but that the conventional wisdom in evolutionary psychology is misguided.Evolutionary psychology employs a kind of reverse engineering to explain the evolved design of the mind, figuring out the adaptive problems our ancestors faced and then inferring the psychological adaptations that evolved to solve them In the carefully argued central chapters of Adapting Minds, Buller scrutinizes several of evolutionary psychology s most highly publicized discoveries, including discriminative parental solicitude the idea that stepparents abuse their stepchildren at a higher rate than genetic parents abuse their biological children Drawing on a wide range of empirical research, including his own large scale study of child abuse, he shows that none is actually supported by the evidence.Buller argues that our minds are not adapted to the Pleistocene, but, like the immune system, are continually adapting, over both evolutionary time and individual lifetimes We must move beyond the reigning orthodoxy of evolutionary psychology to reach an accurate understanding of how human psychology is influenced by evolution When we do, Buller claims, we will abandon not only the quest for human nature but the very idea of human nature itself David J Buller is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University.
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    1. Evolutionary psychology is a subject that invites so much controversy that even most academic types can t seem to keep their heads screwed on straight when it s brought up Buller is not one of those types His goal is not to naysay, but to save evolutionary psychology from itself Buller and I are in hearty agreement that evolutionary psychology could be, in theory, a robust and powerful research program, but much of what has actually passed for research under its banner has been incredibly shoddy [...]

    2. If Evolutionary Psychologists were to argue that the sky is blue, Buller would surely argue that, contrary to appearances, the sky is actually plaid This is presumably only a minor exaggeration Buller attempts to critique the entire paradigm of Evolutionary Psychology EP here, attacking it with both empirical and theoretical considerations His conclusion Everything EP says is pretty much dead wrong While I don t think the arguments presented warrant a complete overthrow of EP s research traditio [...]

    3. The book to read from THE refuter of Pop Evolutionary PsychologyThe lowercase versus capitalized versions of the phrase is a key talking point of Buller s, as he carefully does NOT throw the baby out with the bathwater.He sees a legitimate place for ev psych as a scientific discipline that has offered some, modest to moderate insight into human nature and may offer , serious, and, yes, controversial insights in the future.However, Ev Psych, a field arguably as much secular metaphysics my phras [...]

    4. this book kicks the shit out of evo psych and it does it in such a thorough, intelligent way he attacks both scientifically and philosophically which is awesome, and while it s a tough read as it gets very detailed about evolution, it s worth it.

    5. This is a very detailed critique against evolutionary psychology It is not for light reading, but it is essential that it exists, and probably also that it engages with EP on this level I find Buller s critique convincing over all although I do not quite follow what he means with the individual as a metaphysical category Or rather, I might have to work that out further, but I don t quite agree Anyway, I have only seen one or two responses to this book from EP, but really it is very damaging to t [...]

    6. Podr a haber sido m s corto para lo que dice No me ha impresionado mucho porque gran parte de lo que dice ya lo sab a y sigo pel andome para encontrar las referencias que da para bastante de lo que es nuevo, pero hace una introducci n bastante razonable de teor a evolutiva, el paradigma actual en psicolog a evolutiva y por qu lo que sabemos de neurociencia y gen tica humanas refuta mucho de los principios fundacionales de este paradigma Como lista para el que quiera consultar cap tulos sueltos s [...]

    7. In Adapting Minds, Buller criticizes Evolutionary Psychology Specifically, he attacks Evo Psych notions of human nature, individual Evo Psych studies, and Evo Psych s guesswork methodology He isn t against all evolutionary psychology, but he shows how the popular, mainstream, dominant capitalized Evolutionary Psychology misses the mark.Although the arguments were good, the writing wasn t Upon reading this book, I wished I had found a text that was clear and concise in making the same points Don [...]

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