Whenever I post on evolutionary psychology, lurkers come out of the woodwork, enraged that I’ve criticized their own discipline and vociferously defending the crappy papers that I sometimes highlight. Recently one (or more) of the lurkers asked me to provide an example of an evo-psycho paper that I considered good. Well, that made me think a bit. Many of the papers are tolerable rather than outright lousy, but in my opinion good ones are rare. But I’ve just read one that I’d put in the “pretty good” category. Some might not consider the subject to be evolutionary psychology, but I think it is, for it’s about whether behavioral differences between males and females have a genetic basis. If they do, then one can begin to uncover their evolutionary roots. If they don’t, then we need not engage in adaptive storytelling about why males are aggressive and females are nurturing.
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