Evolutionary Psychology

#140 – PZ Myers & Evolutionary Psychology

September 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/140.mp3   Myles is back from his vacation and ready to start a ruckus! Before leaving for the pokemon rich shores of Asia, Myles penned and filmed a critic of Rebecca Watson’s talk on evolutionary psychology in which she used spurious citations to cast doubt on the field on evolutionary psychology. This peaked the interest of one PZ Myers, sensing a fertile debate he swayed into the discussion and posted on his blog in defence [...]

A Response to PZ Myers

July 19, 2016 // 5 Comments

As most of you will know, I recently published a blog post and video critical of a talk given by Rebecca Watson on the subject of evolutionary psychology. Both were received relatively well but also attracted the attention of some very harsh critics including the professor of biology PZ Myers. PZ took it upon himself to write a blog post called “Myles Power’s dishonest defence of evolutionary psychology” in which, I was told, my claims are shown to be “nonsense”. However, in reality, [...]

Evolutionary Psychology: I don’t think it means what you think it means

July 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

Now, before I begin, ask yourself this, if you are against EP, why? Which of the following do you disagree with: Evolution shapes both the morphology and behaviour of organisms Humans are as much a product of evolution as any other organism Humans behaviour should show evidence of being shaped by evolution Because if the answer is, “well, none of them”, then there is really no need to go anything further. Because that’s all EP is in the end, looking at humans from the point of view of [...]

Rebecca Watson’s Dishonest Representation of Evolutionary Psychology

July 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

Evolutionary psychology a theoretical approach to psychology that attempts to explain useful mental and psychological traits as the functional products of natural selection. Evolutionary psychology, in the past, has had a fair amount of criticism from people accusing it of justifying social hierarchies, gender roles, and racial stereotypes. Its proponents have argued back saying that most of the criticisms are straw men and based on incorrect or inaccurate information. And nowhere is there a [...]

Rebecca Watson’s Dishonest Representation of Evolutionary Psychology

July 10, 2016 // 14 Comments

Edited by Peter I want you to pretend for a second that you are confronting someone who you really don’t like. Perhaps you are imagining your old boss who didn’t appreciate your hard work, or maybe that annoying child at the cinema that one time who took a phone call in the middle of the movie. You can feel that anger bubbling up inside you and it begins to show on your face. I want you to put on an angry face just like you would when confronting one of these people! I’m not kidding I [...]

#088 – Evolutionary Psychology

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

This week on TLONs Myles and James are joined by David a evolutionary psychologist. Recently evolutionary psychology has been misinterpreted and painted in a negative light. Evolutionary psychology uses what we have learnt from the theory of Evolution and applies it to human psychology. On the face of it this should not have attracted much scorn yet today a number of people are happy to criticsise the field due to political belief. David had a few notes he wanted to add. Pill and mate choice: [...]