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The Evolution of "Just-So" Stories

The Evolution of "Just-So" Stories

Update: 2019-05-04
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Evolutionary Psychology has been criticized as simply generating "just-so" stories—plausible explanations that lack evidence. In this episode, Smith and Monroe question whether evolutionary psychology is useful for generating predictions rather than simply generating post-hoc stories. Chris—the evolutionary psychology expert in the group—defends his area and articulates the instances where evo psych can help inform people's predictions. We also get a bit sidetracked talking about sperm competition theory.






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Twila Wingrove @twilawingrove

Andrew Monroe @monroeandrew

Chris Holden @profcjholden



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The Evolution of "Just-So" Stories

The Evolution of "Just-So" Stories

Andrew Smith, Twila Wingrove, Andrew Monroe, and Chris Holden