Belief in evolved belief systems: Artifact of a limited evolutionary model?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):537-538 (2009)
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Abstract

Belief in evolved belief systems stems from using a population-genetic model of evolution that misconstrues the developmental relationship between genes and behaviour, confuses notions of “adapted” and “adaptive,” and ignores the fundamental role of language in the development of human beliefs. We suggest that theories about the evolution of belief would be better grounded in a developmental model of evolution.

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