A foundation in (mainly human) behavioral biology

Behavioral Biology is not Evolutionary Psychology, but many people, even smart people who should know better, get that confused. One could think of Evolutionary Psychology as a subset of behavioral biology. Or, one could think of Evolutionary Psychology as the deformed misguided freakish evil sibling of behavioral biology that should have been smothered at birth. Not that I have strong feelings about it or anything ….

Anyway, I like to talk about Behavioral Biology but I find too often that the people I’m conversing with think we are discussing Evolutionary Psychology. This is a little like being an astronomer and everyone wants to speak with you about astrology. But worse.

So, I’ve created an annotated bibliography of mainly classic (but some more recent) foundational readings in (mainly human) behavioral biology. It is here: A Tutorial in Human Behavioral Biology

And in related matters, do check out the podcast of the recent conversation with Eric Michale Johnson, Marie-Claire Shanahan, Desiree Schell and Moi: Culture and Tradition

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3 Responses to A foundation in (mainly human) behavioral biology

  1. F says:

    Gah. I’d like to read more on how people manage to confuse the two.

  2. Azkyroth says:

    Finals are coming up and I don’t have time to properly review this. Is behavioral biology like evolutionary psychology without the wishful thinking?

  3. Greg Laden says:

    Evolutionary psychology is treated as a discipline or sub discipline but it is actually a testable hypothesis about how human behavior works and how it evolves.

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