Homeliteratureexcerptsgraeber on play
  • Flo Wednesday, 25th June 2014 at 19:04

    Just realized that parts of it read like Huizinga’s ‘Homo Ludens’ and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. But for me, the most interesting part was this:

    ‘If old-school Social Darwinists like Herbert Spencer viewed nature as a marketplace, albeit an unusually cutthroat one, the new version was outright capitalist. The neo-Darwinists assumed not just a struggle for survival, but a universe of rational calculation driven by an apparently irrational imperative to unlimited growth.’

    That’s a really nice example of how a sociocultural framework gets imprinted in scientific interpretations… but if this questionable interpretations become themselves a framework for evolutionary psychologists, we start to explain, or even justify, our behavior with our behavior. And rather worryingly, it’s the ‘capitalist/rationalist’ version of evolution that’s being taught in schools.

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