Evolutionary Psychology Is a Superpower

Glenn Geher in Psychology Today:

While the recent Heterodox Psychology conference in southern California was filled with highlights, for me, the keynote address by Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, two pioneers in the field of evolutionary psychology, was a true centerpiece. Cosmides and Tooby are credited as two of the founders of the field of evolutionary psychology. And in their talk, they went into the details regarding the steps they took to pioneer this field under a mountain of political resistance. As two untenured young academics, Cosmides and Tooby, who realized the importance of applying Darwin’s ideas to issues of behavior, stood up, smiled at the rain, and pushed forward. Theirs is one of the most inspiring academic stories that I have ever heard. And the field of evolutionary psychology, which now regularly churns out research to help advance our understanding of the human condition, is the product of their courage.

While Cosmides and Tooby made several important points in their presentation, here, I focus on a statement by John Tooby that had us all sitting on the edge of our seats. He said this:

Evolutionary Psychology is a superpower.

Let that sink in.

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