Posts Tagged Evolutionary Psychology

Final Post: Who is the Modern Psychologist?

I started the Modern Psychologist blog in 2011. Readers may have wondered about that name. The definition of a psychologist may be relatively straightforward, but what does it mean to be modern? I admittedly chose the term because it was partly ambiguous, having at least two possible meanings. Each interpretation closely parallels my conflicted thoughts […]

Evolutionary psychology, design reification, and the denial of personhood

Last year I published a critique of evolutionary psychology. My paper has since been challenged by a proponent of the paradigm, and published in the same journal. I do not own the copyright to this critique, but you can find a link to the journal page and abstract here. A few months ago I offered […]

Evolutionary Psychology and its Defenders

About a month ago, Rebecca Watson gave a lengthy presentation at Skepticon critiquing evolutionary psychology. Her talk has re-ignited online debate regarding the scientific validity of the field, and recent discussions have brought many defenders out of the woodwork. If you have not seen her talk, you might first want to check it out: Readers […]

Evolutionary Psychology & Theoretical Faith

Not long ago, I posted an article critiquing evolutionary psychology. Given its popularity within academic circles and a mainstream culture presently swept up by what Raymond Tallis calls ‘neuromania’ (seeing neurobiological causes and explanations for near anything) and ‘darwinitis’ (seeing evolutionary adaptations almost everwhere), it is only natural for people to rush to the defense […]

Critique of Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology: Neglecting Neurobiology in Defining the Mind Please do not reproduce or distribute without author permission. Questions or comments can be sent to: Brad M. Peters, Department of Psychology Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS Brad.Peters@smu.ca Full-Text Article: Peters (2013) —————————————————————————————————————————————————-

New Atheists, Universal Darwinists, and Scientism

Our modern times have witnessed a growing dissatisfaction with traditional forms of religion. With greater access to evolutionary education, it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile our longing for meaningful answers in a faith that crumbles under the scrutiny of science and reason. In recent years, that scrutiny has come by way of the so-called New […]