9 Mar 2010
"There are not, I suspect, many laughs in evolutionary psychology, a mean little discipline, which at best justifies male chauvinism, and at worst reduces us all to apes."
What a curious statement. At least Mary Jackson is politer than Mark Signorelli, but then everybody is. Why is evolutionary psychology 'mean'? Why is it 'little'? In fact it is productive, fruitful, explanatory, and fully scientific, in the sense that it makes testable assertions. It adds to my delight in the gloriously complicated and beautiful world we live in.
It may explain male dominance if not 'male chauvinism' (can we give up this tired, ancient, formula?). In what sense does it 'reduce us all to apes'? Does the word 'reduce' mean anything here? On the contrary, evolutionary psychology helps to explain why human behaviour differs from that of apes. We are apes, but only evolutionary theory can describe, narrate and explain why Homo sapiens is a different species from Pan troglodytes, the chimpanzee.
9 Mar 2010
We are apes
Speak for yourself.
It may explain male dominance if not 'male chauvinism' (can we give up this tired, ancient, formula?).
As opposed to that up-to-the-minute formula of knuckle-dragging "male dominance", so convenient for the primitives among us.