- Psychology Today: Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature
The article isn’t hard to criticize for its sensationalistic angle and its lack of references (though it is a book excerpt), but it brought to mind my longstanding observation, which I’ve been meaning to mention here:
The anti-evolution (creationist, ID, etc.) movement is not just a silly, misguided, and annoying attempt to impose a fantasy rulebook onto human knowledge. It serves (intentionally and not) to undercut the insight into human nature that we gain from evolutionary psychology.
If you can recognize and understand the evolved predispositions of human nature—our instincts—then you can choose to master your response to those instincts and to armor yourself against other people’s attempts to push those buttons. The serious danger lies in this: If you refuse to even look at those buttons—because if you hold to the belief that evolution is a lie, then you must discredit evolutionary psychology—then those other people, who know the buttons well, will push them with impunity.