Characterizing Human Psychological Adaptations - Symposium by Gregory Bock, Gail Cardew

By Gregory Bock, Gail Cardew

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Toob: A formal theory of adaptation, where you’re looking a t the probability of goodness of fit, has to include the fact that the adaptation has to be to something, and so any claim about an adaptation involves a formal claim about past environments. You can’t have one without the other. They are both necessary for making any adaptationist argument. Kucelnik: With respect to the point on specificity of representations and mental architecture, if you start with a system with a completely unspecified architecture and 22 DISCUSSION you make it more dedicated t o perform certain tasks, there comes a point where you have t o accept that the system is in some sense ‘representational’.

The fitness of males is usually limited by access to females, whereas female reproductive success may depend much less on the number of males with whom a particular female has mated. However, some males may be resistant to parasites, while others are susceptible to a particular parasite that currently affects the population in question. If the resistance has a genetic basis a female choosing a resistant male would benefit by rearing resistant offspring. How should the female decide which male to chose?

Particular movements in a particular size range may cause a fear of snakes, and several components of information may be processed. When you know all this information then you can say that you had fully categorized this piece of mind. Toob: A formal theory of adaptation, where you’re looking a t the probability of goodness of fit, has to include the fact that the adaptation has to be to something, and so any claim about an adaptation involves a formal claim about past environments. You can’t have one without the other.

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