Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Adaptationism and inference to the best explanation

Brian Haig a1 and Russil Durrant a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
a2 Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


Andrews et al. effectively argue that, despite prominent criticism, adaptationism can be a viable research strategy. We agree. In our complementary commentary, we discuss the neglected method of inference to the best explanation and argue that it is a valuable addition to the adaptationist's methodological practice.