Apes and angels: Adaptationism versus Panglossianism

Aurelio José Figueredo, Mark J. Landau, Jon A. Sefcek

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The "straw man" prior expectation of the dominant social psychology paradigm is that humans should behave with perfect rationality and high ethical standards. The more modest claim of evolutionary psychologists is that humans have evolved specific adaptations for adaptive problems that were reliably present in the ancestral environment. Outside that restricted range of problems, one should not expect optimal behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-335
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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