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The jaw-dropping brilliance of evolutionary psychology: Darwin explains wife-beating

From Wendy Zukerman, “Domestic violence gets evolutionary explanation” (New Scientist September 2011):

Each year more than 500,000 women in the US alone report to the police violent attacks by current or former male partners. There is a reason why domestic violence is so widespread, says David Buss, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas in Austin: it carries a selective advantage, tied with reproductive success. In other words, men who are violent are trying to make sure that their partner has his child and not another man’s.

Does that also explain men who violently force their wives to abort their own children, that they know are theirs?

Sure! Darwinism explains everything.

By the way, where are the Christian Darwinists when these things surface? We still got the legal right to wonder why the sandals-off types are never around when we face these problems.

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2 Responses to The jaw-dropping brilliance of evolutionary psychology: Darwin explains wife-beating

  1. Pandeism accounts for ‘miracles’ (especially experiences such as visions, revelations, prophecies, spiritual emotions, and such, individually and by groups) as manifestations of the underlying unconscious power of our Creator having become our Universe — not as active interventions proceeding from a conscious mind, but as functions of an incomprehensible unconscious mind occasionally being glimpsed by human minds, which then interpret the experience as best they can to their limited abilities. Though I am as skeptical as anyone of illnesses being healed and stones being turned to bread or what have you, I can not be entirely cooly dismissive of the uncanny volume of reports of such experiences throughout human history. But if any such instances have in fact occurred, they are best accounted for by the pandeistic model. In essence, it is the mind playing tricks in the sense that the mind experiences the presence of our Creator underlying all things, and then does its best to understand what has happened by interpreting this as an intentional contact. Naturally, the experience is highly personal and biased to ones preexisting beliefs; a Mormon or a Muslim or a Hindu will experience such things as affirmations of their faith, and a person having a negative experience might think it was an evil spirit of some sort coming for them, or a ghost. An atheist having such an experience would perceive it as an hallucination or some similar momentary lapse of reality, in a way which will affirm their belief that the experience had no metaphysical basis.

  2. Mr. Buss apparently has no idea what he’s talking about regarding domestic violence.

    “There are very predictable circumstances in which violence occurs,” says Buss. “For instance, with the threat of sexual infidelity or the threat of relationship termination.”

    DV happens to women of all walks of life, in all stages of relationships, including happily married with the wife trying to please her husband in any way possible. Read this book (Surviving Domestic Violence) and try to tell yourself that DV is “predictable” OR that it happens because the man is consciously or subconsciously trying to pass on his genes.

    There is also tons of evidence that many DV tendencies are not heritable – when children of domestic violence offenders are separated from that environment at a young enough age, they tend not to exhibit the violent behaviors at a much higher rate than normal.

    It the majority of cases, DV is a conscious, organized, intentional, pre-planned pattern used by the abuser to exhibit power and control over the victim. It is not nearly the same as instinctively being aroused by an attractive member of the opposite sex

    It’s just another hot load of garbage from evo psych. I’m sure there is an equally acclaimed article that explains why some husbands are good to their wives and how that helped it proliferate in the population.

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