Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 14:12:08 +0200

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 14:12:08 +0200
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Bill Benzon wrote:

> >On Tue, 08 Sep 1998 11:47:55 +0200 Mario Vaneechoutte
> ><> wrote:
> >
> >> the adaptationist arguments of many evolutionary psychologists, who -
> >> to paraphrase Bill and Derek - have not understood basic standard books on
> >> evolution).
> >
> >I don't recall saying this.
> Ditto for me.

Well, I'll have to clear this out. I was referring to something initially Derek
said about people who make claims about religion without knowing all the work
that has been done. I just wanted to indicate that the same is true for many
people trying to say things about evolution and biology. Never mind and excuses
for the unclarity.

> While I have my reservations about EvPsych, the reservations
> I've recently expressed on this list are about mentalist memetics that
> remains blissfully unaware of cognitive and neuropsych and, for that
> matter, unaware of such other things as literary theory, musicology,
> history of ideas, etc., disciplines which concern themselves with the stuff
> of culture in its most sophisticated manifestations.

OK. Well, this is the same kind of remark.Of course there is such a vast amount
of knowledge that no individual but only a well organized group (which we might
try to be) can bring it together. One of the things proposed at the symposium was
to map the relevant work in different fields.

(Broke my promess not to reappear on this list for a while)

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