The Law of Parsimony (excerpt from the book)

Filed under: Evolutionary psychology, Language

Ordinarily, the principle of parsimony in evolutionary biology refers to the assumption that similar traits in closely related living species, in this case, chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans all derive from our common ancestor.  Frans deWaal and Christopher Boehm have argued respectively that empathy and the capacity for conflict resolution are traits shared by all three …

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de Waal

Emotional Fossils – II – “too harsh for a human being”

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection | 7 Comments

Having determined that the various mental illnesses were all reflective of evolved segments of normal emotion, and that the majority of these illness – the anxiety and depression disorders – reflected motivation by aversion to the fears of separation and being trapped, I concluded that much of normal human behavior is inhibitory of primate aggression …

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