Behavioral and Brain Sciences



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Evolutionary psychology, ecological rationality, and the unification of the behavioral sciences


John Tooby a1 and Leda Cosmides a2
a1 Department of Anthropology, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3210l; tooby@anth.ucsb.edu
a2 Department of Psychology, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. cosmides@psych.ucsb.edu http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/

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Abstract

For two decades, the integrated causal model of evolutionary psychology (EP) has constituted an interdisciplinary nucleus around which a single unified theoretical and empirical behavioral science has been crystallizing – while progressively resolving problems (such as defective logical and statistical reasoning) that bedevil Gintis's beliefs, preferences, and constraints (BPC) framework. Although both frameworks are similar, EP is empirically better supported, theoretically richer, and offers deeper unification.

(Published Online April 27 2007)



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