Nobel Prize-winning physicist provides useful talking point against evo psych
|June 19, 2012||Posted by News under Evolutionary psychology, News|
The next time someone makes a completely absurd claim based on evolutionary psychology, quote this guy:
Philip W. Anderson wrote that:
The behavior of large and complex aggregates of elementary particles, it turns out, is not to be understood in terms of a simple extrapolation of the properties of a few particles. Instead, at each level of complexity entirely new properties appear, and the understanding of the new behaviors requires research which I think is as fundamental in its nature as any other. . . . At each stage entirely new laws, concepts, and generalizations are necessary, requiring inspiration and creativity to just as great a degree as in the previous one. Psychology is not applied biology, nor is biology applied chemistry. – “More Is Different,” Science, 1972, 177: 393-396; p. 393.
Most evo psych is transparently and patently nonsense anyway, but were it otherwise, psychology is just not reducible to biology.
(Quoted in From James Barham, “Seeing Past Darwin V: Life and Emergence,” The Best Schools, June 12, 2012)