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Modest Adaptationism: Muddling Through Cognition and Language

Abstract : Strong adaptationists would explain complex organic designs as specific adaptations to particular ancestral environments. Weak adaptationists don't assume complex organic functioning represents evolutionary design in the sense of niche-specific adaptation. For some domain-specific competencies (folkbiology) strong adaptationism is useful, not necessary. With group-level belief systems (religion) strong adaptationism can become spurious pseudo-adaptationism. In other cases (language) weak adaptationism proves productive.
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Submitted on : Friday, November 15, 2002 - 5:22:58 PM
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Scott Atran. Modest Adaptationism: Muddling Through Cognition and Language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2002, pp.000-000. ⟨ijn_00000305⟩

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