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  1. Thomas C. Scott-Phillips, Kevin N. Laland, David M. Shuker, Thomas E. Dickins & Stuart A. West, The Niche Construction Perspective: A Critical Appraisal.
    Niche construction refers to the activities of organisms that bring about changes in their environments, many of which are evolutionarily and ecologically consequential. Advocates of niche construction theory (NCT) believe that standard evolutionary theory fails to recognize the full importance of niche construction, and consequently propose a novel view of evolution, in which niche construction and its legacy over time (ecological inheritance) are described as evolutionary processes, equivalent in importance to natural selection. Here, we subject NCT to critical evaluation, in (...)
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  2. Rebecca Sear & Thomas E. Dickins (2010). The Generation Game is the Cooperation Game: The Role of Grandparents in the Timing of Reproduction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (1):34-35.
    Coall & Hertwig (C&H) demonstrate the importance of grandparents to children, even in low fertility societies. We suggest policy-makers interested in reproductive timing in such contexts should be alerted to the practical applications of this cooperative breeding framework. The presence or absence of a supportive kin network could help explain why some women begin their reproductive careers or.
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  3. Thomas Edmund Dickins & Mark James Timothy Sergeant (2009). Two More Things for Consideration: Sexual Orientation and Conduct Disorder. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (3-4):275-275.
    We add to Archer's review with mention of sexual orientation differences in aggression and empathy, which suggest a biological basis for the mediating role of empathy. We also note that Archer's view of sex differences will illuminate discussion of conduct disorder, which can only be of help to researchers in this field.
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  4. Benjamin James Alexander Dickins, David William Dickins & Thomas Edmund Dickins (2008). Is This Conjectural Phenotypic Dichotomy a Plausible Outcome of Genomic Imprinting? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (3):267-268.
    What is the status of the dichotomy proposed and the nosological validity of the contrasting pathologies described in the target article? How plausibly can dysregulated imprinting explain the array of features described, compared with other genetic models? We believe that considering alternative models is more likely to lead in the long term to the correct classification and explanation of the component behaviours.
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  5. Thomas E. Dickins & Benjamin J. A. Dickins (2007). Designed Calibration: Naturally Selected Flexibility, Not Non-Genetic Inheritance. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (4):368-369.
    Jablonka & Lamb (J&L) have presented a number of different possible mechanisms for finessing design. The extra-genetic nature of these mechanisms has led them to challenge orthodox neo-Darwinian views. However, these mechanisms are for calibration and have been designed by natural selection. As such, they add detail to our knowledge, but neo-Darwinism is sufficiently resourced to account for them.
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  6. Thomas E. Dickins (2006). The Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Adaptations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):283-284.
    Locke & Bogin (L&B) rightly point to the absence of ontogeny in theories of language evolution. However, they overly rely upon ontogenetic data to isolate components of the language faculty. Only an adaptationist analysis, of the sort seen in evolutionary psychology, can carve language at its joints and lead to testable predictions about how language works.
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  7. Thomas E. Dickins (2005). Can There Ever Be a Non-Specific Adaptation? A Response to Simon J. Hampton. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 35 (3):329–340.
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  8. Thomas E. Dickins (2005). On Sociosexual Cognitive Architecture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):280-281.
    Schmitt has equivocated about the underlying psychology of sociosexuality, but from the data presented in the target article, it would appear that he has drawn out the underlying cognitive architecture. In this commentary, I describe this architecture and discuss two emerging hypotheses about heterosexual and homosexual male sociosexuality.
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  9. Thomas E. Dickins (2004). Social Constructionism as Cognitive Science. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 34 (4):333–352.
  10. Thomas E. Dickins (2003). Possible Phylogenies: The Role of Hypotheses, Weak Inferences, and Falsification. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (2):219-220.
    This commentary takes issue with Corballis's claim to have presented a falsifiable hypothesis. It argues that Corballis has instead presented a framework of weak inferences that, although unfalsifiable, might help to constrain future theory-building.
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  11. Thomas E. Dickins & David W. Dickins (2002). Is Empirical Imagination a Constraint on Adaptationist Theory Construction? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4):515-516.
    Andrews et al. present a form of instrumental adaptationism that is designed to test the hypothesis that a given trait is an adaptation. This epistemological commitment aims to make clear statements about behavioural natural kinds. The instrumental logic is sound, but it is the limits of our empirical imagination that can cause problems for theory construction.
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