April 4, 2011
It is strikingly evident in evolutionary psychology– when the story of a trait providing an adaptive advantage can be a little too seductive at times.
It is easy to use our fabulously complex brains and imaginations– primed so by the jungle and need to pick out patterns, find the fruit amongst the leaves(HA!)– and say that something was made to be that way. Often, we are just wrong. Case in point: homophobia confers a fitness advantage??? I’m inclined to disagree, as does the author of this post: