From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 04 Feb 2004 - 04:48:36 GMT
>From: Keith Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: what is a meme?
>Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 21:19:22 -0500
>At 02:21 PM 03/02/04 +0000, Scott wrote:
>snip (amusing rant hard to take entirely seriously)
I cannot take credit for writing the below quoted material. I believe Chris Taylor is the critic of ev psych you are responding to...
>>Also, under AOB, I'd like to completely dissociate myself from the dark
>>side of biology trying to _help_ explain all this, i.e. evolpsych, which
>>should imho confine itself to studies of brainstem-related stuff (primal
>>fear, basic pattern recognition and so on), and what effect that has on
>>minds constructed of memes (the commensalistic/parasitic,
>>telencephalically based us).
>But if I were to take the last paragraph seriously, I would have to object
>that evolutionary psychology per se does not study *anything.*
>"The goal of research in evolutionary psychology is to discover and
>understand the design of the human mind. Evolutionary psychology is an
>approach to psychology, in which knowledge and principles from evolutionary
>biology are put to use in research on the structure of the human mind. It
>is not an area of study, like vision, reasoning, or social behavior. It is
>a way of thinking about psychology that can be applied to any topic within
>"In this view, the mind is a set of information-processing machines that
>were designed by natural selection to solve adaptive problems faced by our
>hunter-gatherer ancestors. This way of thinking about the brain, mind, and
>behavior is changing how scientists approach old topics . . . ."
Chris would probably say that his brand of memetics is more apt than ev psych for the task of explaining everything, where I would chastise both of you for your biases against social science that have been aired recently.
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