Further reasons not to believe in evolutionary psychology
|February 21, 2007||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
In this video, a rabbit somewhere in Texas chases a big snake up a tree.
Recently, a house cat also chased a bear up a tree. (You have to scroll way way down to see a vigilant ginger cat at the bottom of the tree.)
One of the many reasons I have little use for evo psycho is that animal behavior is often not at all predictable. It may be difficult to say what behavior enabled a given animal to become an ancestor, and therefore what may be encoded in genes. And genuine common ancestors may be rare.
Apparently, no one told that rabbit to encode and act on spinelessness and victimhood.
And no one told that cat to be a useless parasite.
One thing to realize about evolutionary psychology is that it requires a material mechanism rather than conscious awareness in order to explain behaviour, because consciousness is supposed to be an illlusion produced by brain states – and therefore cannot actually produce any effects of its own. While this creates significant deficits for understanding higher animal behaviour, it is catastrophic for understanding human behaviour.
I have put up several stories today at Mindful Hack on the neuroscience implications of a non-materialist universe, including one on sexual jealousy, which discusses that precise issue – evolutionary psychology vs. consciousness in understanding human behaviour.