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Evolutionary Psychology is Not Evil! (… and Here’s Why …)

  title={Evolutionary Psychology is Not Evil! (… and Here’s Why …)},
  author={G. Geher},
  journal={Psychological topics},
  • G. Geher
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Psychological topics
Evolutionary psychology has faced ‘implacable hostility’ (Dawkins, 2005) from a number of intellectual fronts. Critics of evolutionary psychology have tried to paint this perspective variously as reductionist and overly deterministic, at best, and as sexist, racist, and downright evil at worst. The current paper argues that all psychological frameworks which assume that human beings are the result of the organic evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection are, essentially, evolutionary… Expand

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