What’s the one thing a scientist absolutely has to have? Mr. Buhl, my high school biology teacher once asked the class. I can’t remember if I guessed correctly, but the answer was , simply, curiosity. It was maybe something of an exaggeration, but still a great message for young students.
I’ve been noticing many discussions around the inter-tubes about evolutionary psychology. People have lots of questions. Questions about its status, philosophy, and mechanics. I am delighted to see so much interest, so much curiosity. I would like to try to field some of those. So here’s how this works: post questions as comment replies to this post. Observe the guidelines below to ensure consideration. Using the disqus up/down vote arrows you can up-vote questions. I will do my best to see that the top 5 (max) most up-voted questions are answered in a follow-up post within the next week-ish.
1. Reasonable succinctness. Please no “what is the history of EP and all of its consequences” type of queries.
2. Topicality. I will not answer questions about people directly, though if you wish to ask about some claim or statement someone has made about EP, that is acceptable.
3. Civility of tone. Please speak respectfully and calmly, whatever your views of EP are.
Lastly, don’t bother down-voting other questions, I will ignore downvotes.