10,000 Just so stories can't all be wrong

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):529-529 (2009)
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Abstract

The mere fact that a particular aspect of mind could offer an adaptive advantage is not enough to show that that property was in fact shaped by that adaptive advantage. Although it is possible that the tendency towards positive illusion is an evolved misbelief, it it also possible that positive illusions could be a by-product of a broader, flawed cognitive mechanism that itself was shaped by accidents of evolutionary inertia

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How Does the Mind Work? Insights from Biology.Gary Marcus - 2009 - Topics in Cognitive Science 1 (1):145-172.

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