[ExI] time article that sounds vaguely like ep

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 00:15:44 UTC 2011

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 5:00 AM,   "spike" <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Keith or one of the other evolutionary psychology hipsters, have you any
> comment on this?  It sounded vaguely like EP, as applied to civil
> revolution, but it isn't entirely clear:
> http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2045599,00.html?hpt=T2

It's not very close.

To invoke EP in attempting to understand human behavior, you need to
make a case that the behavior and/or the psychological mechanisms
behind it were under selection in the past.

Capture-bonding, what happens in cases like Patty Hearst or Elizabeth
Smart can be understood by a model where women who adjusted to capture
had children.  Those who did not adapt didn't have children and very
likely were killed.  It happens this has lots of other fallout in
human behavior, for example it could be (likely is) the origin of

I also make the case that there are circumstances (bleak future
prospects) where you should expect war and related social disruptions
because the genes for this behavior were favored in the stone age.

Whatever the Time article discussed is the outcome of evolve human
behavior (all behavior is) but the article is not explicitly EP.


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