Ease up off that evolutionary psychology January 8, 2010Posted by Summerspeaker in Evo psych.
In the discussion I’m having with Michael Anissimov about cryonics over at his blog, he asserted “deep psychological differences” between males and females because “different selection pressures crafted us.” Needless to say, I protested. I’m disappointed whenever I see people take the troubled field of evolutionary psychology seriously. As a fan of Steven Pinker, Michael appears to be heavily invested in that school of thought. While feminists such the blamers at I Blame the Patriarchy have been tearing evo psych to pieces for years, psychologists and neuroscientists also complain. A notable critique comes from Jaak and Jules Panksepp. In short, cutting-edge neuroscience argues for the remarkable plasticity of the human brain against the hardwired evo-psych modules.