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 [email protected]
a2 Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia [email protected]


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.