common misconceptions

common misconceptions

  • Better understand evolutionary psychology

    Evolutionary psychology is not really a sub-discipline of psychology as it's a new way of approaching the questions of psychology from the special perspective of evolution.  Instead of regarding the human brain as Tabula Rasa, a kind of blank slate on which everything (or nearly) is written (as the main current in social science do), evolutionary psychologists see it more like a Swiss Army knife: a collection of various tools, each of which performs a specific function. Those tools would be over the course of time selected by evolution Naturally, evolutionary psychologists do recognize that all individuals develop their own personal preferences and abilities in the course of their lives. But according to evolutionary psychology, behind these personal attributes, that can be learned, lie certain innate, universal attitudes that are found in all cultures. This matrix is the “human nature”. This human nature is the result of the long evolutionary process, the fruit of the history of...

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  • Myths and misconceptions about evolution

    "Survival of the fittest", "adaptation to the environment", "evolution's goal"... : a short animation to rectify common misconceptions about evolution.         Related articles

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  • Darwin's idea: from misunderstanding and ideology to the reason

    Darwin's dangerous idea: a BBC documentary that traces the impact of Darwin's discovery and its influence on the politics and societies since 150 years.   Part I: Religion rejects the evolution How could we Humans evolve from monkeys? Shocking! In the first episode of the three-part series, Andrew Marr shows how the theory of evolution has transformed our understanding and our perception of humankind. The idea at first was violently disputed because it ruined the credibility of the religious authorities but also, most of all because it disturbed people religious perception of the world such as their need for a creator. Darwin's idea also bothered because he provided a new way of thinking about the origins of human morality, a new way to look at the origin of the "good" and "bad" behaviors.   Part II: evolution in the hands of ideology Let's kill in the name of "the survival of the fittest" and civilization! Just released from the religious censorship the theory of evolution...

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