If you search YouTube, you will find a lot of videos discussing the ‘scientific evidence’ uncovered by evolutionary psychologists who purportedly explain everything from ‘why we shop,’ to religion and moral behavior. Most layperson reviews are overwhelmingly favorable and the skeptic would be hard-pressed to find many serious criticisms in the online video discussions. Richard Boyd’s talk “Debating Darwin: Evolutionary Psychology” is one exception. Although it is a bit dry, I think he is spot on with most of his arguments. If you have the time and patience, I would encourage readers to listen to what he has to say:
While Boyd takes more of a philosophical or methodological approach to critiquing evolutionary psychology, I prefer to take more of a theoretical one. I have been meaning to do a video critique of evolutionary psychology for some time. This post is not meant so summarize all of my grievances with evolutionary psychology – that would end up being a 5-hour video post. This is a 35-minute summary of my main argument. I would strongly encourage unpersuaded viewers to read my original Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, which is a more fully-formed argument, followed by two additional posts including Evolutionary Psychology and Theoretical Faith, and the more recent, Evolutionary Psychology and its Defenders, before posting your critical comments or rebuttals. Enjoy.