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    Crawford, Charles 2007. Commentary on ‘the adaptive value of personality differences revealed by small island population dynamics’. European Journal of Personality, Vol. 21, Issue. 4, p. 383.


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Musings on the concept of exaptation and “creationism”

  • Charles Crawford (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02280097
  • Published online: 01 August 2002
Abstract

I claim that our desire to be special motivates us to suppose that if we were not God created, we must be self-created. I also claim that Stephen J Gould's claims about punctuated equilibrium, the absence of directional selection, and exaptations, when taken together, lead to kind of secular creationism. I introduce the notion of “adaptive effects” and argue that a focus on the actual physiological and psychological mechanisms that produce adaptations provides a way out of the exaptation dilemma.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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