The past explains the present: Emotional adaptations and the structure of ancestral environments

  title={The past explains the present: Emotional adaptations and the structure of ancestral environments},
  author={J. Tooby and L. Cosmides},
  journal={Ethology and Sociobiology},
  • J. Tooby, L. Cosmides
  • Published 1990
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Ethology and Sociobiology
  • Abstract Present conditions and selection pressures are irrelevant to the present design of organisms and do not explain how or why organisms behave adaptively, when they do. To whatever non-chance extent organisms are behaving adaptively, it is 1) because of the operation of underlying adaptations whose present design is the product of selection in the past, and 2) because present conditions resemble past conditions in those specific ways made developmentally and functionally important by the… CONTINUE READING
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