Re: evolutionary psychology

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Sun, 7 May 1995 13:02:27 -0400

I will probably get into trouble on this one since my historical
interests aren't all that strong. I think E-P is the result of
psychologists finally discovering evolutionary theory, primatology, and
the speculative fringe of palaeoanthropology. I don't think there is
very much new in "it", and much of it will have a an appeal as it is
really based on a fair amount of sociobiological reasoning, but which is
more readily accepted precisely because it isn't labeled 'sociobiology'.
I think my own "Culture: a Human Domain" in 1969 CA, or The Evbolution
of Neural Complexity... in General Systems 1967 or Neural Parameters and
Hunting Behavior 1970 was "evolutionary psychology". Many others in
anthropology could also be named.In so far as it
is a more holistic brand of psychology and hasn't yet become a cult, I
think it is a positive development. We will see,
Ralph Holloway.
mantraOn Sun, 7 May
1995, CHIU HANG SHI wrote:

> Hello, I am a student and recently I have a discussion with
> my teacher on 'evolutionay psychology'. She said that this
> idea is not yet wide-spread among anthropologists. Another
> point is that it is quite tautological. Is 'evolutionary
> psychology' familar to you? To what extent do you share its
> perspective? How likely would it be situated in anthropology?
> Hang Shi Chiu
> (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)