Behavior and Philosophy 31:127 - 137 (2003)

James Chisholm
University of Western Australia
Two reviews of Death, Hope and Sex in Vol. 29 of this journal revealed some limitations in their authors' understanding of basic principles of evolutionary ecology and life history theory. Amin and Thompson's review criticized my model of the contingent development of alternative reproductive strategies as (1) being too strong, (2) being too mentalistic, (3) being too reliant on the flawed optimality assumption, (4) committing the Naturalistic Fallacy, and (5) ignoring group selection arguments. I accept only the latter criticism. Rushton's review criticizes me for not writing a book about genes, intelligence, and "race" and massively misunderstands the optimality assumption and role of individual differences in evolutionary theory.
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