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Epistemological dimensions of evolutionary psychology

Author: Thiemo Breyer
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer, [2015] ©2015
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As psychology and philosophy arose as answers to the eternal question of how the mind works, evolutionary psychology has gained ground over recent years as a link between cognitive-behavioral and natural-science theories of the mind. This provocative field has also gathered a wide range of criticisms, from attributing too much autonomy to the brain to basing itself on faulty assumptions about our prehistoric past.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Breyer, Thiemo.
Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology.
New York, NY : Springer New York, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thiemo Breyer
ISBN: 9781493913879 1493913875 1493913867 9781493913862
OCLC Number: 894554102
Language Note: English.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 241 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Preface; Contents; Contributors; 1.1 The Dispute Concerning the Naturalisability of℗ Values; Chapter-1; Philosophy and Evolution; 1.2 The Boston Metaphysical Club and the Issue of the Generalisability of Evolutionary Theory; 1.3 Evolution of Natural Laws and Pan-Psychism; 1.4 Dialectical Materialism and Pragmatist Process Philosophy; 1.5 Modern Emergentism; References; Chapter-2; The Broad Foundations of Adaptationist-Computational Evolutionary Psychology; 2.1 What Evolutionary Psychology Is; 2.2 On a Broad/Narrow Distinction Regarding 'Evolutionary Psychology' 2.3 On Fundamental Opposition and Methodological Misgivings2.4 Computationalism; 2.5 Understanding Computationalism Broadly Enough; 2.6 The Modern Theory of Natural Selection; 2.7 Evolutionary Psychology's Ontological Adaptationism; 2.8 Evolutionary Psychology's Disciplinary Adaptationism; References; Chapter-3; Towards a Cognitive Philosophy of Science; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Cognitive Errors in Science; 3.2.1 Cognitive Errors in Complex Systems; Oversimplification; Shortcomings with Time-Related Tasks; Methodical Shortcomings; 3.3 Management of Complex Systems. 3.3.1 Example 1: Yellowstone National Park3.3.2 Example 2: Introduction of New Species; 3.3.3 Example 3: The Chernobyl Catastrophe; 3.4 Evolutionary Explanation of Cognitive Errors; 3.5 Towards a Naturalized Philosophy of Science; 3.6 Conclusion: Cognitive Aspects Are Relevant for Science; References; The 'Meme' Meme Revisited; Chapter-4; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Memes; 4.3 Darwin's Metaphors; 4.4 Darwin's Intentions; 4.5 Interplay; 4.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter-5; Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Kin Selection; 5.1 The Darwinian Background; 5.2 The Program of Evolutionary Psychology. 5.3 Psychological Evidence5.4 Evolutionary Models for Altruism; 5.5 Evolutionary Alternatives; References; Chapter-6; Like Me: A Homophily-Based Account of Human Culture; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Homophilic Social Preferences from an Evolutionary Perspective; 6.3 Like Me? Homophilic Social Preferences from a Comparative Perspective; 6.3.1 Homophilic Social Preferences in Non-human Primates; 6.3.2 Homophilic Social Preferences in Children; 6.3.3 Children Prefer to Learn from Similar Others; 6.3.4 Summary; 6.4 Like Me! The Consequences of Homophilic Preferences; 6.4.1 Emulation Becomes Imitation. 6.4.2 Majority-Biased Transmission Becomes Conformity6.5 The Emergence of Norm-Psychology; 6.6 Conclusion; References; 7.1 The Human's Insatiable Interest in the Media; Chapter-7; Evolutionary Media Psychology and Its Epistemological Foundation; 7.2 "Old" Darwin and the "New" Media: The Missing Link; 7.3 Generating and Testing Hypotheses in Evolutionary Psychology; 7.4 The Philosophy of Science in Evolutionary Psychology: Popper Versus Lakatos; 7.5 Examples and Evidence from Evolutionary Media Psychology; 7.5.1 The Culture by Nature Perspective.
Responsibility: Thiemo Breyer, editor.


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