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Invariant world , invariant mind . Evolutionary psychology and its critics

  title={Invariant world , invariant mind . Evolutionary psychology and its critics},
  author={Edward H. Hagen},
Progress in physics depends on the ability to separate the analysis of a physical phenomenon into two parts. First, there are the initial conditions that are arbitrary, complicated, and unpredictable. Then there are the laws of nature that summarize the regularities that are independent of the initial conditions. The laws are often difficult to discover, since they can be hidden by the irregular initial conditions or by the influence of uncontrollable factors such as gravity friction or thermal… Expand

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