ERIC Number: EJ907507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Oversimplifying Evolutionary Psychology Leads to Explanatory Gaps
Tate, Chuck; Ledbetter, Jay N.
American Psychologist, v65 n9 p929-930 Dec 2010
Comments on Evolutionary psychology: Controversies, questions, prospects, and limitations by Confer et al. They argued that SST cannot explain the existence of either homosexuality or suicide within the human species. We contend that a sufficiently nuanced evolutionary position has no difficulties explaining either phenomenon. Also in this account, it is assumed that all psychological functioning must serve survival and reproduction. However, since evolution selects against certain qualities (it does not select for qualities, as it is commonly, but incorrectly, described), two types of qualities should remain intact for any species: (a) those that facilitate survival and reproduction and (b) those that do not impede survival and reproduction at the population level.
Descriptors: Evolution, Homosexuality, Psychology, Models, Suicide, Nonverbal Communication, Sex Stereotypes, Interpersonal Relationship, Sexuality, Daily Living Skills, Birth
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