Are Evolutionary Explanations Unfalsifiable? Evolutionary Psychology and the Lakatosian Philosophy of Science

  title={Are Evolutionary Explanations Unfalsifiable? Evolutionary Psychology and the Lakatosian Philosophy of Science},
  author={Timothy Ketelaar and Bruce J Ellis},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={1 - 21}
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