Psycho Babble

Evolutionary Psychology's Remarkable Rubbish

Is evolutionary psychology going the way of Freudianism?

Commentator Roger Kimball captures the immense cultural power of evolutionary psychology in an anecdote he relates in his Introduction to the second edition of Darwinian Fairytales (Encounter, 2006). This book, by agnostic Australian philosopher David Stove (1927–1994), was a risky takedown of the discipline at the time. In the Introduction, Kimball writes:

I remember leaving a party a few years ago with a friend, an eminent biologist, who I knew admired some of David Stove's other writings. I was in the midst of reading Darwinian Fairytales for the first time. At the coat check, I retrieved the book and gave it to...

 

is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo54/psycho-babble

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