Evolutionary Psychology – A Primer. This is Tooby & Cosmides primer for their Ev Psy.
Here is an excellent quote from it. Ponder!
Making the natural seem strange is unnatural — it requires the twisted outlook seen, for example, in Gary Larson cartoons. Yet it is a pivotal part of the enterprise. Many psychologists avoid the study of natural competences, thinking that there is nothing there to be explained. As a result, social psychologists are disappointed unless they find a phenomenon ”that would surprise their grandmothers”, and cognitive psychologists spend more time studying how we solve problems we are bad at, like learning math or playing chess, than ones we are good at. But our natural competences — our abilities to see, to speak, to find someone beautiful, to reciprocate a favor, to fear disease, to fall in love, to initiate an attack, to experience moral outrage, to navigate a landscape, and myriad others — are possible only because there is a vast and heterogenous array of complex computational machinery supporting and regulating these activities.
Here is an FAQ, also from the Ev Psy group at Santa Barbara. Questions (and misconceptions) that it is important to get a handle on.
This is a support site for teaching Ev Psy from the EvoS consortium. But, hey, good for everybody!
A nearby topic – Evolutionary Medicine.
This is all courtesy of Richard Harper, who spontaneously shared this with me, when I mentioned I was starting a course in Evo Psych. I’m immensely grateful!