Thursday, May 26, 2011

Traffic, preterm birth, and adaptationism

So, here's a thing:
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This relates to a criticism that I made of evolutionary psychology, but which applies to many naive adaptationist arguments: it is easy to come up with a plausible-sounding adaptive explanation of just about anything. In most cases, it is equally easy to come up with an equally plausible-sounding explanation of the exact opposite phenomenon.

Barnett AG, Plonka K, Seow WK, Wilson LA, & Hansen C (2011). Increased traffic exposure and negative birth outcomes: a prospective cohort in Australia. Environmental health : a global access science source, 10 PMID: 21453550

1 comment:

  1. I've read, but not confirmed, that evolutionary psychologists are taller, more attractive, and have younger wives (when male) than I've always wondered whether acceptance of evolutionary psychology hypotheses is heritable trait. Some love them, some think they are silly. Some are in between.