Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Mental disorders, evolution, and inclusive fitness

Antonio Preti a1 and Paola Miotto a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Cagliari, 09123 Cagliari, Italy;
a2 Department of Mental Health, Unità Locale Socio-Sanitaria (ULSS) 7, 31015 Conegliano, Italy.

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Grouping severe mental disorders into a global category is likely to lead to a “theory of everything” which forcefully explains everything and nothing. Speculation even at the phenotypic level of the single disorder cannot be fruitful, unless specific and testable models are proposed. Inclusive fitness must be incorporated in such models.

(Published Online November 9 2006)