Evolutionary psychology bingo

February 24, 2009

I am not a scientist and in fact am quite dim when it comes to science, barely able to struggle through your denser pop-science tomes without a good dictionary or access to Wikipedia. Even so, I am pretty skeptical, and the current popularity of evolutionary psychology – “Not Really A Discipline Per Se” – leads to a lot of people no smarter than I am saying vague things about “evolution” and “early humans” that don’t really sound right. And then of course that leads ME into mild discussions with people about their hazy theories that it’s “natural” that “men drive like this, but women drive like THIS!”

Soooo, evolutionary psychology bingo.

HILARIOUS. (If you have ever had one of these conversations.)


3 Responses to “Evolutionary psychology bingo”

  1. anonymousassistant Says:

    What they don’t seem to understand is, even if all of those theories are true, they’re not a justification for behavior. Just because someone is naturally inclined to behave some way doesn’t make it right.

    A serial killer may have homicidal urges. Is that okay because it’s natural?

  2. Seth Says:

    It may not be right, but it’s inevitable! You can’t fight it. You can’t change it. This is just how men behave, and if you expect them to behave otherwise, you’re basically oppressing them.

    Plus, what’s so wrong with serial killing? Why do you have to be so judgemental?

  3. Dean Says:

    You may want to talk to Bobby about this. You may stumble into the world of Memetics. This is the social counterpart of genetics. The idea is that ideas are passed on through the process of natural selection via a something called a meme. Whereas in biological/physical evolution the active agent of communication is the gene. Folks who are committed to the idea of creationism are not too keen on this concept. If you follow the logic it would seem that today’s organized religions have evolved from more primitive folk religions, which evolved from simple ignorance and confusion. Let’s face it, religion aside some ideas certainly seem to have sticking power, while others obviously doom themselves to extinction. You may want to check out “Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon” by Daniel Dennett. Then again you may not…

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