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  •  I'm familiar with the animal personality (1+ / 0-)
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    field largely through people who work on fish (sticklebacks).  I think it is an interesting and valuable field of study but it can lead to a minimizing of the high level of phenotypic plasticity in human behavior.  I'm not arguing that there aren't parallels between human and animal behavior - that would be ridiculous.  But I think that some people go overboard in seeking evolutionary interpretations for all human behavior.  Some of what we do is almost certainly the response of our nervous systems to the evolutionary novel environment in  which we live.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge with hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:55:36 AM PST

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