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Stephen Pinker on Group Selection theory

Stephen Pinker has an interesting essay in Edge on the false allure of group selection theory as an explanation for human behaviour,


The idea of Group Selection has a superficial appeal because humans are indisputably adapted to group living and because some groups are indisputably larger, longer-lived, and more influential than others. This makes it easy to conclude that properties of human groups, or properties of the human mind, have been shaped by a process that is akin to natural selection acting on genes. Despite this allure, I have argued that the concept of Group Selection has no useful role to play in psychology or social science.


Quite a lengthy piece but well worth reading.

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