Last night I had the pleasure of being invited back for episode two of Tom Williamson’s ‘Skeptic Canary Show’. Once again I was sat alongside fellow guest David James (whose blog http://www.skeptical.gb.net/ is more than worth the entrance fee!) ; and special guest Ed Clint, to talk about Evolutionary Psychology.
Ed is a graduate student of UCLA and an EvoPsy Researcher; and you can find out much more about the work he does and Evolutionary Psychology in general at his network page http://www.skepticink.com .
I won’t go into too much detail here – Suffice it to say that you can learn an awful lot by listening to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/skepticcanary/2013/04/10/ep02–evolutionary-psychology-with-ed-clint !
I will just say, though, that I found the experience extremely entertaining and enlightening. The subject matter was one I had touched on regrettably briefly as an undergraduate; and was very grateful to have the opportunity to listen to someone who could fill in a lot of the gaps for me.
My lay-understanding before the show was that Evolutionary Psychology was a cross-field attempt to explain behavioural development by evolutionary means. One of the papers I remember reading during my undergraduate days was ‘The Evolution of Happiness’ (2000); and having re-read it in preparation for the show, I still feel that it gives a good insight into the discipline for the lay-audience. A copy of the paper can be found at http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/busslab/pdffiles/Evolution_Of_Happiness_2000.pdf
So, what are your views on Evolutionary Psychology? Where do you stand on the various perceived criticisms and shortcomings of the topic? Well, whatever views you have formed; I am confident that you will have finished listening to the show and know a significant amount more than when you started.