Title

Apes and Angels: Adaptationism Versus Panglossianism

Publication Title

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Publication Date

6-2004

Document Type

Response or Comment

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X04290082

Keywords

Joachim Krueger, David Funder, Bayesian inference, biases, normative models, personality, positive psychology, rationality, reasoning, social behavior, social judgment, social psychology

Disciplines

Biological Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology

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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