Emotion: A Very Short Introduction, by Dylan Evans

Another good one from the VSI series. There were several bits of information I picked up on:

The criticism I would make of this book is that the author comes from the perspective of natural selection being the answer to everything, and I can't imagine any piece of evidence that he wouldn't take as "proof" of NS.

E.g. for "guilt", it's possible to explain why natural selection would have eliminated it, and he does, but then goes on with another explanation of why NS would not have eliminated it. And because we do experience guilt, then NS must be true, QED. This type of reasoning seems a bit dubious to me.

Oxford University press has a web page for this book.

Completed : 06-May-2003

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