Is empirical imagination a constraint on adaptationist theory construction? (Commentary)

Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5788-0948 and Dickins, David W. (2002) Is empirical imagination a constraint on adaptationist theory construction? (Commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (4) . pp. 515-516. [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0140525X02320090)

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Abstract

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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Additional Information: Citation: Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, D.W. (2002) Is empirical imagination a constraint on adaptationist theory construction? (Commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (4) 515-516.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 9465
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 16:32
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 17:33
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9465

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