David Brooks had an interesting piece in the New York Times yesterday about evolutionary psychology. He says that evolutionary psychology has had a good run, but that it's time to recognize that organisms are much more adaptable than the field allows.
Adaptability is one of the basic principles of life that we propose in our book, but it has been out of favor in this era of genetic determinism. Genetic determinism has a long and sorry history as biological essentialism, a value-based view of what or who is good and what or who isn't, and what we really are like despite what we may think (and an assault on free will as well). It is part of a cycle in human thought....one that included decades of eugenics and Naziism as justifications for the worst possible actions by some against others.
It's interesting to see this conservative columnist taking up this cause.