Essay on Social and Evolutionary Psychology 1041 Words | 5 Pages
Essay on Evolutionary Perspective ..
In the field of evolutionary psychology, much is owed to the anthropologist John Toobyand the psychologist Leda Cosmides. It was their essay, "The PsychologicalFoundations of Culture" (, Barkow, J.H., Cosmides, L., andTooby, J. (Eds.) 1992, Oxford University Press, New York), that unified the science into aself-believing entity. Their argument that the principles of evolutionary theory werebeing ignored due to the major influence of the SSSM, (Standard Social Science Model) andshould be reexamined. This "standard" proposed that humans were born with ageneral-purpose brain lacking in innate, hard-wired instructions (nature), andrequired "filling" with instructions by those around it, (nurture). To Tooby andCosmides, this failure to view the science of biology in psychology was due primarily tohumankind's attempt to be kind and "politically correct" that influenced thesocial norms that moved society in the 60s and 70s. Their premise in the PsychologicalFoundation of Culture essay was to rewind the clock back to our primate origins and torenew our search for human behavior today equipped with the new knowledge frommultidisciplines, and, (Ibid., p. 3). It was from this premise thatgave rebirth to the "modular" brain theory and the basis of evolutionarypsychology. It is for this reason that I give praise to these two brave individuals whomust endure the slings and arrows of criticism of popular culture in order to defend theirbeliefs. I think that their vision of the future of evolutionary psychology givesdirection and purpose to the science and says it all:
Essay Review Alas Poor Evolutionary Psychology:
In this essay I will be discussing what is actually meant by this and whether psychology fits into both the traditional views of a science, as well as more contemporary perspectives.