Apes and angels

Adaptationism versus Panglossianism

Aurelio J Figueredo, Mark J. Landau, Jon A. Sefcek

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-335
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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Apes and angels : Adaptationism versus Panglossianism. / Figueredo, Aurelio J; Landau, Mark J.; Sefcek, Jon A.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 27, No. 3, 06.2004, p. 334-335.

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Figueredo, AJ, Landau, MJ & Sefcek, JA 2004, 'Apes and angels: Adaptationism versus Panglossianism', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 334-335.
Figueredo, Aurelio J ; Landau, Mark J. ; Sefcek, Jon A. / Apes and angels : Adaptationism versus Panglossianism. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2004 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 334-335.
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