Anatoly Vorobey (avva) wrote,
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англоязычное чтиво: Пинкер и эволюционная психология

Отличная рецензия (англ., ссылка на гуглевский кэш и потому недолговечна, за ссылку спасибо ilyavinarsky) на новую книгу Стивена Пинкера "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature". Рецензия очень правильная; Орр очень хорошо выражает многие из моих собственных мыслей по поводу эволюционной психологии, особенно:
In sum, evolutionary psychology suffers a methodological problem: it is at times surprisingly unrigorous. Too often, data are skimpy, alternative hypotheses are neglected, and the entire enterprise threatens to slip into undisciplined storytelling. [...] Concerns about rigor are surely the leading worry about evolutionary psychology among working biologists. Ask a molecular geneticist who's skeptical of Darwinian psychology to explain why. You won't hear that the slate is blank; you'll hear about "soft science." In the end, evolutionary psychology wants to have it both ways. It longs after the prestige of hard science but hopes to be held to a lower standard of rigor than, say, molecular biology.
(выделено мной).
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