Philosopher David Buller tackles the evidential claims of primary exponents of Evolutionary Psychology. Buller challenges the paradigm and research programme of Evolutionary Psychology, rather than the notion of a psychology informed by evolution.
by David J. Buller, (Skeptic vol.12, no.1)
Philosopher of science, David J Buller, author of Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature, presents a refutation of some central claims of evolutionary psychology. In this Scientific American article, Buller focuses not on the motivations or political implications of evolutionary psychology proponents, but rather on the evidential claims advanced by those in the field.
* Among Charles Darwin’s lasting legacies is our knowledge that the human mind evolved by some adaptive process.
* A major, widely discussed branch of evolutionary psychology—Pop EP—holds that the human brain has many specialized mechanisms that evolved to solve the adaptive problems of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.