[Marxism] evolutionary psychology and socialism?

Angelus Novus fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 8 09:34:30 MDT 2010


I am fairly agnostic-to-critical about the whole question of evolutionary psychology.  Much of its claims seem to me to be "true" in an utterly banal and uninteresting way.  Others of its claims strike me as mere speculation that would be hard to find conclusive evidence for in any case.

What I do agree with though is that there is an often knee-jerk reaction by leftists against evolutionary psychology because they assume it must *necessarily* have reactionary political implications.  Basically, leftists are embracing the naturalistic fallacy, the notion that because something exists in nature, it is necessarily desirable or correct.  

It strikes me as odd that leftists would so willingly concede this point to the political right, especially since advocates of evolutionary psychology themselves reject it.

If the majority of claims of evolutionary psychologists were to be irrefutably proven true tomorrow, that would have absolutely *no practical bearing* upon the correctness or incorrectness of left political positions, one way or the other.  The incorrect perception that this would be the case is already too much of a concession to the political right who would seek to incorrectly instrumentalize the claims of evolutionary psychology for political ends.





      




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