Friends, my newest piece is out today. Does evolutionary psychology trade in "just-so stories", or does it make a priori predictions & lead to new discoveries? If you know ppl who might benefit from the piece/find it interesting, pls consider sharing.
Evolutionary Psychology: Predictively Powerful or Riddled with Just-So Stories? by via
"The “just-so” charge is the idea that evolutionary hypotheses are plausible-sounding stories that researchers concoct after the fact to accord with known observations. But the charge is woefully misinformed," argues .
3 great essays by about the value of evolutionary approaches to understanding the mind: 1⃣ Key misconceptions about evolutionary psychology 2⃣ Why ≠ How: levels of analysis 3⃣ How evolutionary thinking leads to new discoveries
Does evolutionary psychology provide a powerful framework for making a priori predictions about how the mind works? Or is it a method of post-hoc storytelling? To find out why it’s the former, check out this must-read piece by
Evolutionary Psychology: Predictively Powerful or Riddled with Just-So Stories? via - another great essay by
If your hypothesis about human behavior does not make sense from an evolutionary perspective, it is probably wrong. explains why "Just-so story" criticisms of evo psych are silly and counterproductive:
Another great article by Laith Al-Shawwaf on the benefits of evolutionary insights to the understanding of anger, disgust and the systematic cognitive errors we make
A great resource by useful for clearing up common misconceptions in ev psych. It’s a useful guide for students and skeptical colleagues alike.
This is great, as usual, ! Evolutionary Psychology: Predictively Powerful or Riddled with Just-So Stories? via
"...current resistance to the field is not based on a knowledgeable assessment of its shortcomings, but rather on misunderstandings." Part 3 of a very thorough & necessary mythbusting series on Evolutionary Psychology by for
A MUST-READ! “In other words, we are not moving from known observations → convenient post-hoc explanations—we are moving from evolutionary reasoning → new a priori predictions that get tested → new discoveries about previously unknown phenomena.”
Another great essay by ⁦⁩: “Evolutionary Psychology: Predictively Powerful or Riddled with Just-So Stories?” a must-read!
Guys, read this excellent piece on Areo, by the great , and follow him on Twitter! He's a raising star in evo psych, and have been doing awesome scientific work.
⁦⁦⁦⁩’s refutation of the charge that ev psych trucks in just-so stories, instead arguing that the discipline very much tests novel and falsifiable hypotheses. Contains great examples—and is the third in a series of essays.
#Evidence suggests #Evolutionary #Psychology unveils great deal of new predictions & discoveries in the #human #mind. This essay's findings were predicted a priori using #evolution-based #reason—before the studies took place.
Is Evolutionary Psychology merely a bunch of just-so stories, or does it have remarkable predictive potential? argues the latter, invoking insights in anger and disgust and the error management theory in support: HT
A critique of evolutionary psychology is that it uses made-up narratives to fit within existing observations. argues the opposite: that evolutionary theory has generated a plethora of accurate predictions before any empirical observation.
It used to seem reasonable to criticize evolutionary psych for trading largely in just-so-stories, but the field has matured far beyond a place where that criticism is valid. The criticisms need to grow up too. Kudos to for a fine piece.
Evolutionary Psychology: Predictively Powerful or Riddled with Just-So Stories? by Laith Al-Shawaf. via
Our friend has produced another magisterial defence of evopsych for . Enjoy.
"Evolutionary psychology is imperfect and incomplete... Unfortunately, however, a big chunk of the current resistance to the field is not based on a knowledgeable assessment of its shortcomings, but rather on misunderstandings."
"Quite the opposite of being riddled with just-so stories, a reasonable familiarity with the literature shows that evolutionary approaches offer a fluent, prolific generativity of a priori predictions that is unusual for psychology." --
Another patient, fully formed best intentioned explanation about #EP by a wonderful scholar which will be willfully ignored by partisans. I'd ask bacchulistic (sic) crtitcs to search how many feminist studies have been replecated. My guess... Zero.
Laith does a better job of it, I think
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution, including human behaviour.